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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. Who are the only ones not to go out after the Servant comes in saying Bernarda wants to see her daughters in Act 2, Part 1?

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

3. What do the bells announce the last of in the day in Act 1, Part 1?

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

5. Complete the sentence spoken by Adela in the play, "If you don't want to embroider them, then ______ just as they are."

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Bernarda tell Poncia to have the men leave and why in Act 1, Part 2?

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

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

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

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

6. What happens to Martirio when she is caught with Pepe's picture?

7. What are Poncia and a Servant doing at the beginning of the play?

8. What does Bernarda tell her daughters when they begin arguing in Act 2, Part 2?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concept of hope in the play. What role does hope play in the lives of Bernarda's daughters? What might happen if the daughters' hope is taken away from them?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The character Bernarda is perhaps one of the most complex and intriguing presences in the play. Part 1.) What is the nature of Bernarda? Part 2.) What seems to be Bernarda's motivations for enacting such control over the people in her life? Part 3.) What trials might Bernarda be dealing with to account for her being so tyrannical over those living in her household.

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