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. Where does Bernarda tell the servants to take her mother so she cannot be seen by the villagers?

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

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

4. Where does Bernarda tell Poncia to take drinks to the men who are at her house mourning?

5. What is the name of the daughter who talks about a young woman the family used to know that was sociable but isn't allowed anywhere now?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Adela say about the stars in Act 3, Part 1?

4. What does Bernarda do to make the Servant cry at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

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

6. What happens when Bernarda tells Angustias to wipe off her makeup?

7. How is Angustias' engagement ring described?

8. In what way do the Servants' attitude change once Bernarda returns from her husband's funeral?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters Bernarda and Maria Josefa in the play. In what way has Maria Josefa tried to escape the ploys of Bernarda? In what way has Bernarda tried to mother others as Maria Josefa might have in the past?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the concept of freedom in the play. What does freedom seem to represent to the characters in the play, namely Adela and Maria Josefa? What is hindering these characters from finding true freedom? What might the author be saying about the price freedom costs?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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