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. What is Bernarda returning home from at the beginning of the play?

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

3. What color is the dress Adela changes into out of her mourning clothes?

4. Which of the following do Bernarda and the mourners not make small talk about in Act 1, Part 2?

5. What does Adela give Bernarda that she throws to the side?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Martirio when she is caught with Pepe's picture?

2. How does Poncia suggest they could use the lace?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How is Angustias' engagement ring described?

9. What happens when Adela says she needs to go for a walk in Act 3, Part 1?

10. What does Poncia warn Bernarda about keeping a constant watch on her daughters at the beginning of Act 3, Part 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of authority in the play. What might the author be saying about Bernarda based on her portrayal as the authoritative figure in the play? What about Bernarda's authority is flawed? What is telling of the role of authority based on these flaws?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's setting up the exposition and background of the characters in the first act of the play. What is significant about using the servants to convey information about the play's characters? What reason does the author have for giving so much information about the characters so quickly?

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