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 part of the daughters' clothes does Bernarda say they cannot change in Act 1, Part 2?

2. What does Adela say she is going into the village wearing the next day after the funeral?

3. Who does the Servant say she is glad will never force her to have sex with him?

4. What is the person who is locked up in another room of the house said to be?

5. How does Poncia say she saw Adela sitting at her window the night before in Act 2, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Bernarda tell Poncia that she didn't allow Martirio to marry the man who was courting her?

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

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

7. How does Poncia say women without men act even with family?

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

9. What does Poncia say about Bernarda's daughters at the beginning 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

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 2

Discuss the role of authority in the play. What might the author be saying about Bernarda based on her portrayal as the authoritative figure in the play? What about Bernarda's authority is flawed? What is telling of the role of authority based on these flaws?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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