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 is the person who is locked up in another room of the house said to be?

2. Who does the Servant say she is glad will never force her to have sex with him?

3. Who says that it's better to never even look at a man and that she's been afraid of men since she was a girl?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Bernarda react when she learns someone stole Pepe's picture?

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

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

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

8. What does Magdalena say about a man named Pepe in regards to Angustias?

9. What is the nature of the song the reapers sing while in the field?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Examine the concept of beauty in the play. Does beauty represent the normal attributes normally given to it in the play? What does beauty represent to the characters in the play? What reason does the author have for skewing the traditional aspects of beauty in the play?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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