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 reason does Bernarda give Angustias to wipe off her makeup?

2. How does Poncia say she saw Adela sitting at her window the night before in Act 2, Part 1?

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

4. What does Adela say she is going into the village wearing the next day after the funeral?

5. What does Poncia say men find soon after becoming married?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the nature of Poncia and Bernarda's conversation regarding taking drinks to the men on the patio?

3. How is Adela's appearance described when she returns from the corral in Act 3, Part 2?

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

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

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

7. What does Adela complain to Poncia about Martirio in Act 2, Part 1?

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

9. What reason does a Beggar Woman come to Bernarda's house?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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