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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 Don Ygnacio do for Sierva that she resents him for in chapter one?

2. What does the Marquis do for Sierva, despite what Dr. Abrenuncio tells him?

3. What bites Sierva in the marketplace?

4. Who is Judas Iscariote?

5. What African name does Sierva take on for herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Cayetano during the eclipse?

2. Describe the intimate nature of Cayetano's relationship with Sierva.

3. How does Cayetano gain Sierva's trust?

4. How does Bernarda spend her time on the sugar plantation and in what condition does she return?

5. Describe the centuries-old conflict between the convent and the Bishop.

6. Describe Bernarda's relationship with Judas.

7. What are Dr. Abrenuncio's views on the Holy Office and exorcisms?

8. Why does the Vicereine take an interest in Sierva's fate?

9. What sort of man does Don Ygnacio appear to be in Chapter 1?

10. What is Cayetano's fate after confessing his love for Sierva to the Bishop?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Citing specific examples from the text and including a strong thesis, discuss the use of Sierva as a "blank slate" for all the other characters, including the following:

- Attributes assigned to her by other people.

- Cayetano's obsession and love for her.

- Her neglectful childhood.

- Her affiliation with the slaves and their culture.

- The author's intent in leaving Sierva's personality a mystery.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the paradox of Sierva being subjected to a torturous exorcism so that other characters may rid themselves of their own demons. Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay discussing one of the following:

- What is her family's role in her behavior and her subsequent imprisonment?

- The Bishop's perceived failure to keep everyone faithful to the church.

- The Abbess's extreme distaste for the citizens of New Grenada.

Essay Topic 3

Sierva asks her father if love can truly conquer all. His response is that, while it can, it would be best if she did not believe it. Citing specific examples from the text, discuss the statement within the overall context of this novel. How does this statement ring true for Sierva? How does it fail? Does it appear that she believes love can conquer all? In the end, does it? Provide thorough explanations for each statement.

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