The House of Bernarda Alba 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. Which of the daughters does not run out to see Pepe when he arrives at the house in Act 1, Part 3?

2. What color are the pitchers Poncia hands out in Act 1, Part 2?

3. What reason does Bernarda give Angustias to wipe off her makeup?

4. What does Maria Josefa say the women in the house's hearts will turn to near the end of Act 1, Part 3?

5. What does Poncia say men find soon after becoming married?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Adela say about mourning in Act 1, Part 3?

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

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

4. How does Bernarda respond when Poncia suggests something dangerous was happening in her home?

5. What do Bernarda and the mourners make small talk about at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

6. What does Martirio say about the real reason a young woman won't leave her house in Act 1, Part 3?

7. How is Angustias' engagement ring described?

8. What does Poncia tell Bernarda that Angustias overheard from the men on the porch?

9. What does Poncia do to Adela's bedroom door at the end of the play?

10. What is the nature of Maria Josefa's interaction with a lamb in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concept of propriety that is represented in the play. What reasons does Bernarda have for insisting on keeping up such ancient traditions in her family? What might the author be saying about Bernarda based on her treatment of propriety in the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author's portrayal of morality in the play. What lengths does Bernarda go through to ensure her family's morality is kept intact? What reasons does the author have for presenting morality in such a way in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the concept of reputation in the play. What reasons does Bernarda have for paying so much attention to her daughters' reputations? What is telling of Bernarda based on her reaction to her daughters' reputation being in danger?

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