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

2. Who is said to be locked up in another room of the house in Act 1, Part 1?

3. How does Angustias describe her proposal from Pepe?

4. What is the name of Bernarda's daughter who stops crying after the women go out in Act 1, Part 2?

5. Complete the sentence spoken by Bernarda in the play, "With the ___ that opens all doors, and the hand that closes them."

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Adela gives Bernarda a brightly colored fan?

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

3. What happens when Bernarda tells Angustias to wipe off her makeup?

4. How does Bernarda react when Poncia tells her that her daughters are the right age to be married?

5. What does the Servant say about Bernarda's late husband in Act 1, Part 1?

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

7. What does Magdalena suggest to Adela about Pepe in Act 1, Part 3?

8. How does the Servant respond to the Beggar Woman who visits Bernarda's house?

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

10. In what way do the Servants' attitude change once Bernarda returns from her husband's funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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