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 color are the pitchers Poncia hands out in Act 1, Part 2?

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

3. Complete the sentence by Poncia in the play, "If she starts having children you'll be _____ day and night."

4. What does Bernarda tell the servants to do when she first enters the room in Act 1, Part 1?

5. What color is the dress Adela changes into out of her mourning clothes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bernarda's daughters react to her suggestion about what they should do during their eight years of mourning?

2. What does Poncia do to Adela's bedroom door at the end of the play?

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

4. What does Poncia find when Bernarda has her search all of her daughters' rooms?

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

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

7. What is the nature of Adela, Martirio, and Bernarda's argument regarding the woman who killed her child?

8. What does Poncia suggest that Adela wished to do with her body?

9. What is the nature of the family's conversation with Prudencia?

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

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 reputation in the play. What reasons does Bernarda have for paying so much attention to her daughters' reputations? What is telling of Bernarda based on her reaction to her daughters' reputation being in danger?

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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