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

2. What does Bernarda suggest her daughters can do with their hope chests during their time of mourning?

3. Where does Poncia go to listen to the last prayers of the day?

4. Who does Poncia say is a wonderful singer in Act 1, Part 1?

5. How many years does Bernarda say she and her family will have to be in mourning?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Martirio say about a man she once liked in Act 1, Part 3?

2. How does Angustias say Pepe proposed to her?

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

4. What is the nature of Poncia and Bernarda's conversation regarding taking drinks to the men on the patio?

5. What is the nature of Adela's description of the white stallion in Act 3, Part 1?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the concept of mourning in the play. What does mourning represent to the characters in the play? What barriers does mourning play in the lives of the play's characters in terms of forming relationships and moving on with their lives?

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

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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