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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 do Bernarda and Poncia come in discussing regarding Angustias in Act 1, Part 3?

3. What time did Poncia say she actually heard Pepe leave the house in Act 2, Part 1?

4. During Bernarda's conversation with the mourners, what does she tell her daughters not to do?

5. Complete the sentence by Amelia in the play, "_________ is to blame, it makes life impossible".

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bernarda's mother described the first time she is seen in the play?

2. What does Bernarda say she will be doing after her daughters argue about what time Pepe has been leaving their house?

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

4. What does Poncia say regarding Bernarda's mother in Act 1, Part 1?

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

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

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

8. How does Adela react when Martirio suggests she didn't sleep well in Act 2, Part 1?

9. Why does Angustias run into the room angrily in Act 2, Part 2?

10. Why is a large crowd gathering near Bernarda's house that the daughters watch in Act 2, Part 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the author's setting up the exposition and background of the characters in the first act of the play. What is significant about using the servants to convey information about the play's characters? What reason does the author have for giving so much information about the characters so quickly?

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