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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. Who are the only ones not to go out after the Servant comes in saying Bernarda wants to see her daughters in Act 2, Part 1?

2. What does Adela say is the worst possible time for her to be doing at this time of her life in Act 1, Part 3?

3. What does the Servant run out doing at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

4. What does the Servant say Bernarda's mother wished to do in Act 1, Part 2?

5. Complete the sentence by Martirio in the play, "It is truly strange that two people that don't know each other would suddenly see each other at a window and become ________".

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Servant say about Bernarda's late husband in Act 1, Part 1?

2. What did Poncia see when up at 1:30 in the morning?

3. How does Adela react to the lace brought out for Angustias?

4. Why does Poncia say the men on the patio gave her money in Act 1, Part 2?

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

6. What does Bernarda do to make the Servant cry at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

7. What does Bernarda say must happen right away when talking to Poncia at the beginning of Act 2, Part 3?

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

9. In what way do the Servants' attitude change once Bernarda returns from her husband's funeral?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character Bernarda is perhaps one of the most complex and intriguing presences in the play. Part 1.) What is the nature of Bernarda? Part 2.) What seems to be Bernarda's motivations for enacting such control over the people in her life? Part 3.) What trials might Bernarda be dealing with to account for her being so tyrannical over those living in her household.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters Bernarda and Maria Josefa in the play. In what way has Maria Josefa tried to escape the ploys of Bernarda? In what way has Bernarda tried to mother others as Maria Josefa might have in the past?

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