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. Who does the servant tell Bernarda was looking at the men on the patio?

2. What does Bernarda claim is the only reason the mourners came to her house after they had gone out?

3. What is the name of the daughter who talks about a young woman the family used to know that was sociable but isn't allowed anywhere now?

4. What is the name of the person cleaning with a servant at the beginning of Act 1, Part 1?

5. Complete the sentence by Poncia in the play, "Cling to that ______, and forget him."

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of Adela's discussion with Martirio about being Pepe's mistress?

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

3. How does Bernarda react when she learns someone stole Pepe's picture?

4. What is the nature of the song the reapers sing while in the field?

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

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

7. What does Magdalena say about a man named Pepe in regards to Angustias?

8. What happens when Adela gives Bernarda a brightly colored fan?

9. What do the sisters say they wish for when watching the reapers in the field?

10. Why does Angustias run into the room angrily in Act 2, Part 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's portrayal of social class in the play. What might the author be saying by showing Bernarda's insistence that her family has a higher social class than the other villagers? What might the author want social class to represent in the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of hope in the play. What role does hope play in the lives of Bernarda's daughters? What might happen if the daughters' hope is taken away from them?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the concept of mourning in the play. What does mourning represent to the characters in the play? What barriers does mourning play in the lives of the play's characters in terms of forming relationships and moving on with their lives?

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