The House of Bernarda Alba Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are Poncia and a Servant doing at the beginning of the play?

At the beginning of the play, Poncia and the Servant are discussing that Bernarda, the owner of the house, is at her husband's funeral and that she is tyrannical and demanding.

2. What does Poncia say regarding Bernarda's mother in Act 1, Part 1?

In Act 1, Part 1, Poncia says that Bernarda's mother is locked up in another room of the house by Bernarda and that she may be insane.

3. What does Poncia say about Bernarda's daughters at the beginning of the play?

At the beginning of the play, Poncia says that Bernarda has five daughters and that the oldest Angustias was born from Bernarda's first marriage to a wealthy man and the other four were born to her husband that just died.

4. What reason does a Beggar Woman come to Bernarda's house?

When a Beggar Woman comes to Bernarda's house, she asks for the extra scraps off of Bernarda's table that Bernarda normally gives to her and needs to feed her and her child.

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