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 this sentence spoken by the Servant in the play, "Floors, cupboards, pedestals, iron bed frames polished with oil, while those of us who live in huts of mud with only a spoon and a plate to our name have to swallow the bitter ______."

2. Who suggests that Adela give her dress to Angustias when she is married?

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

4. What do Martirio and Amelia show Adela that is for Angustias in Act 2, Part 1?

5. What does Bernarda tell her daughters that she will do as long as she's alive in Act 1, Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Adela say about mourning in Act 1, Part 3?

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

3. What does Poncia warn Bernarda about keeping a constant watch on her daughters at the beginning of Act 3, Part 2?

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

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

6. What does Bernarda say must happen right away when talking to Poncia at the beginning of Act 2, Part 3?

7. What do the sisters say they wish for when watching the reapers in the field?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the author's portrayal of morality in the play. What lengths does Bernarda go through to ensure her family's morality is kept intact? What reasons does the author have for presenting morality in such a way in the play?

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