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 Adela complain about Martirio to Poncia in Act 2, Part 1?

2. Where does Bernarda tell the servants to take her mother so she cannot be seen by the villagers?

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. Which of the following do Bernarda and the mourners not make small talk about in Act 1, Part 2?

5. Complete the sentence by Magdalena in the play, "If you're arguing about the ________, you are the richest one anyway, you can keep it all."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do Bernarda and the mourners make small talk about at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

5. What is the nature of Adela's discussion with Martirio about being Pepe's mistress?

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

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

8. What does Adela say about the stars in Act 3, Part 1?

9. How does Angustias say Pepe proposed to her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the play, many characters, primarily Bernarda, show a great deal of violence towards the other characters. Part 1.) What motivations might Bernarda have for exhibiting such violence against her family members and servants in the play? Part 2.) What might the author hope for the violence in the play to be representative of? Part 3.) How might Bernarda be using her violence to gain control of in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the role of sex in the play. What is the author saying about the importance and danger that come with sex? What does sex represent to the daughters in the play?

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