Death and the Maiden Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Paulina exits Roberto's room, what does she do?

2. From where did Paulina get the tape?

3. What persuades Roberto to stay overnight at Gerardo and Paulina's home?

4. What does Roberto say he hopes the commission will do?

5. Who is on the terrace unbeknown to Gerardo and Roberto?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Gerardo going to tell Paulina about what he thinks Roberto is going to do?

2. What happens after Paulina and Gerardo have had dinner the night he caught a ride home?

3. What does Paulina say to Gerardo's wanting Roberto to explain his side?

4. What does Roberto see when he awakes?

5. What does Paulina finally say is the main thing she wants from Roberto?

6. What does Paulina tell Roberto about her and Gerardo?

7. What does Paulina tell Gerardo about Roberto and what does he say?

8. Why does Gerardo plead with Roberto to confess?

9. How is Gerardo acting when he comes in the house?

10. What does Roberto say about Paulina to Gerardo and how does Gerardo respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fact that this scene is set just before dawn could be symbolic of the dawn of realization that Roberto is not exempt from retaliation for his past deeds.

1. Why do you think the dawn could symbolize justice for Roberto?

2. At this point in the play Paulina is convinced Roberto is guilty, though Gerardo is not. As a reader do you believe Paulina's assertion? Why or why not?

3. If dawn might symbolize justice, could it also symbolize bringing the past to light? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Roberto says that he heard about Gerardo's appointment to the Investigating Commission. He also seems very respectful of the role Gerardo will play, in that he will have many duties and worries on his hands shortly, and wants to help remove the trouble with the car.

1. Does Roberto's offer of help and wanting to talk about the commission seem suspicious? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Roberto's offer of help is logical given he has just met Gerardo? Why or why not?

3. Could Roberto's behavior in the statement above be a foreshadowing? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

This is another powerful scene where no dialogue, or at least no meaningful dialogue, is spoken.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

2. Do you think that some emotions can be better portrayed with watching behavior rather than with words? Why or why not?

3. If you were to watch some students in your school without being able to hear their words, would you have a good idea of what they might be saying? Why or why not?

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