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

2. What does Bernarda ask Poncia regarding the men on the patio in Act 1, Part 3?

3. Who comes to the door after Poncia goes out in Act 1, Part 1?

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

5. What does Poncia suggest Bernarda's family could have done after Bernarda says the men in the village are not good enough for her daughters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of Maria Josefa's interaction with a lamb in the play?

2. What does Poncia say about Bernarda's daughters at the beginning of the play?

3. What does Poncia say women must deal with after they are married?

4. What do Bernarda and the mourners make small talk about at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

5. What reason does Bernarda give to explain why Martirio had possession of Pepe's picture?

6. In what way does Angustias suggest Poncia is lying in Act 2, Part 3?

7. How does Angustias react when Bernarda tells her to patch things up with Martirio?

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

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

10. What is the nature of the song the reapers sing while in the field?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, one of the most common expressions of emotion comes in the form of jealousy. Part 1.) What seems to be the driving force for most of the jealousy in the play? Part 2.) In what way does the jealousy exhibited between the sisters in the play differ from typical sibling rivalry? Part 3.) What is missing in the play's characters' lives that hint at the reason for such jealousy?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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