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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 Bernarda suggest her daughters can do with their hope chests during their time of mourning?

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

3. Which of the daughters says the real reason a young woman cannot leave her house is because she is afraid of Bernarda?

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

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Bernarda's mother described the first time she is seen in the play?

3. Why does Bernarda tell Poncia that she didn't allow Martirio to marry the man who was courting her?

4. Why is a large crowd gathering near Bernarda's house that the daughters watch in Act 2, Part 3?

5. What is the nature of Adela, Martirio, and Bernarda's argument regarding the woman who killed her child?

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

7. What does Bernarda say she will be doing after her daughters argue about what time Pepe has been leaving their house?

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

9. What does Poncia say regarding Bernarda's mother in Act 1, Part 1?

10. What does Bernarda suggest her daughters do during their eight years of mourning?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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?

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