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. Complete the sentence by Adela in the play, "Sometimes she looks into my room to see if I'm ________."

2. Complete this sentence spoken by the Servant in the play, "Floors, cupboards, pedestals, iron bed frames polished with oil, while those of us who live in huts of mud with only a spoon and a plate to our name have to swallow the bitter ______."

3. What does the Servant say Bernarda's mother wished to do in Act 1, Part 2?

4. What does Maria Josefa ask Bernarda to give back of hers in Act 1, Part 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Adela react to the lace brought out for Angustias?

2. What does Martirio say about the real reason a young woman won't leave her house in Act 1, Part 3?

3. In what way does Bernarda tell Poncia to have the men leave and why in Act 1, Part 2?

4. What is the nature of Adela's description of the white stallion in Act 3, Part 1?

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

6. What does Poncia say women must deal with after they are married?

7. In what way does Angustias suggest Poncia is lying in Act 2, Part 3?

8. How does Angustias say Pepe proposed to her?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, one common theme is the dominant role men have in the play. Part 1.) How are men portrayed as the dominant sex in the play? Part 2.) What might the author be saying about the importance for women to have men in their lives based on the portrayal of men in the play? Part 3.) What might the author be saying about the society of the people of the play based on this depiction of men?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author's portrayal of morality in the play. What lengths does Bernarda go through to ensure her family's morality is kept intact? What reasons does the author have for presenting morality in such a way in the play?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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