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. How many years does Bernarda say she and her family will have to be in mourning?

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

3. What does Bernarda tell Poncia to bring out to the men who gave her money?

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

5. What does Bernarda tell her daughters that she will do as long as she's alive in Act 1, Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Poncia say women without men act even with family?

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

6. What does Bernarda tell her daughters when they begin arguing in Act 2, Part 2?

7. What does Martirio say is wrong when Amelia asks her in Act 2, Part 2?

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

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

10. What does Poncia tell Bernarda that Angustias overheard from the men on the porch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of sex in the play. What is the author saying about the importance and danger that come with sex? What does sex represent to the daughters in the play?

Essay Topic 2

One of the topics in the play is the daughters' desire to be married. Part 1.) What reasons do the daughters have for their opinions on marriage in the play? Part 2.) What reasons does Bernarda have for not wanting her daughters to ever be married? Part 3.) What role might marriage play in the actions of the daughters in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the concept of freedom in the play. What does freedom seem to represent to the characters in the play, namely Adela and Maria Josefa? What is hindering these characters from finding true freedom? What might the author be saying about the price freedom costs?

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