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

2. What does Poncia say Angustias will be busy doing soon after she's married?

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

4. Who comes to the door after Poncia goes out in Act 1, Part 1?

5. In what way does Bernarda tell Poncia to have the men leave the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Adela says she needs to go for a walk in Act 3, Part 1?

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

4. What did Poncia see when up at 1:30 in the morning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters Bernarda and Maria Josefa in the play. In what way has Maria Josefa tried to escape the ploys of Bernarda? In what way has Bernarda tried to mother others as Maria Josefa might have in the past?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of authority in the play. What might the author be saying about Bernarda based on her portrayal as the authoritative figure in the play? What about Bernarda's authority is flawed? What is telling of the role of authority based on these flaws?

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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