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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. During Bernarda's conversation with the mourners, what does she tell her daughters not to do?

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 does Adela give Bernarda that she throws to the side?

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

5. What is Poncia's comment regarding Bernarda's daughters when Bernarda comments on Angustias' flirting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the Servant respond to the Beggar Woman who visits Bernarda's house?

4. What does Bernarda say must happen right away when talking to Poncia at the beginning of Act 2, Part 3?

5. What does Martirio say about the real reason a young woman won't leave her house in Act 1, Part 3?

6. What does the Servant say about Bernarda's late husband in Act 1, Part 1?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of sex in the play. What is the author saying about the importance and danger that come with sex? What does sex represent to the daughters in the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the author's portrayal of morality in the play. What lengths does Bernarda go through to ensure her family's morality is kept intact? What reasons does the author have for presenting morality in such a way in the play?

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