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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. What does Maria Josefa ask Bernarda to give back of hers in Act 1, Part 3?

2. Who makes a pointed comment about Adela not sleeping well in Act 2, Part 1?

3. Complete the sentence spoken by Bernarda in the play, "But they forget them when you put a plate of ______ in front of them".

4. What does a woman who was abducted from her home return the following morning with, according to the story in Act 1, Part 3?

5. What do the servants' complaints change to when Bernarda enters the room in Act 1, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Adela react when Martirio suggests she didn't sleep well in Act 2, Part 1?

2. How does Bernarda's daughters react to her suggestion about what they should do during their eight years of mourning?

3. What reason does Bernarda give to explain why Martirio had possession of Pepe's picture?

4. What is the nature of the family's conversation with Prudencia?

5. What does Martirio say about a man she once liked in Act 1, Part 3?

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

7. How does Angustias react when Bernarda tells her to patch things up with Martirio?

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

9. In what way does Bernarda tell Poncia to have the men leave and why in Act 1, Part 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of the family house in the play. What might the author be hoping for the house to represent in terms of freedom and imprisonment in the play? What role does the house play in the fate of those living in it?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, one of the most common expressions of emotion comes in the form of jealousy. Part 1.) What seems to be the driving force for most of the jealousy in the play? Part 2.) In what way does the jealousy exhibited between the sisters in the play differ from typical sibling rivalry? Part 3.) What is missing in the play's characters' lives that hint at the reason for such jealousy?

Essay Topic 3

In the entire play, the central theme is the use and manipulation of control. Part 1.) What reasons does Bernarda have for wanting such control over her daughters in the play? Part 2.) What might the author hope for such control to be representative of in terms of explaining the nature of the play's characters? Part 3.) What might the author want control to represent regarding the fate of the daughters in the play?

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