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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. Whom does Don Ygnacio meet on his way back from visiting a man with rabies?
2. Who is raising Sierva?
3. Why does Sierva lie to the doctor?
4. How does the Marquis learn to read and write?
5. How does Bernarda spend her time after Judas's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Sierva while in the marketplace?
2. How does Cayetano spend his fourth night with Sierva after sneaking into her cell?
3. Describe the centuries-old conflict between the convent and the Bishop.
4. What is significant about the book Cayetano speaks of to Dr. Abrenuncio?
5. What is Father Cayetano's dream in chapter three?
6. Why does Ygnacio's father object to his son marrying Dulce Olivia?
7. How does Bernarda force the Marquis into marriage?
8. How is rabies treated by the citizens of New Grenada from the first chapter?
9. What does the Abbess complain about to the Bishop in Chapter 4?
10. Describe the intimate nature of Cayetano's relationship with Sierva.
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
"[The Bishop] spoke of Yucatan, where they had constructed sumptuous cathedrals to hide the pagan pyramids, not realizing that the natives came to Mass because their sanctuaries still lived beneath the silver altars. He spoke of the chaotic mixing of blood that had gone on since the conquest: Spanish blood with Indian blood, and both of these with blacks of every sort, even Mandingo Muslims, and he asked himself whether such miscegenation had a place in the Kingdom of God."
Using this quote from the book as a springboard, discuss the story as an overall allegory for racism. Keep in mind the treatment of the slaves, Sierva's attachment to the African culture and her own racial background, and the use of the character of Sagunta and the motives of the Bishop in performing an exorcism on Sierva.
Essay Topic 3
Citing specific examples from the text and including a strong thesis statement, discuss the physical intimacy of Cayetano's relationship to Sierva, including the following:
- His fascination with her before their first meeting.
- Sierva's relationship to the Virgin Mary.
- Cayetano's self-flagellation.
- Cayetano's insistence that the girl remain a virgin until their marriage.
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