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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. How does Bernarda know Ygnacio before they got married?

2. What bites Sierva in the marketplace?

3. In what state is the family's mansion?

4. What does Ygnacio refuse to do with his wife?

5. What are the slaves sent to do towards the end of chapter one?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Olivia escape from the madhouse and what is the result?

2. How does Sierva's relationship with her father improve in Chapter 2?

3. What does Dr. Abrenuncio believe about Sierva and her brush with rabies and what treatment does he recommend?

4. Why must the convent not cut Sierva's hair?

5. How does the friendship between Ygnacio and Dr. Abrenuncio begin?

6. How does Ygnacio's first wife deal with her husband?

7. Describe the character of the Bishop.

8. Why does Sierva lie to Dr. Abrenuncio?

9. Describe Bernarda's relationship with Judas.

10. What treatments does Sierva receive in her father's effort to cure her "madness?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay discussing one of the following:

- The purpose in naming a character Judas Iscariote.

- The lepers as a symbol of the decay of the church.

- Father Aquino's mysterious death.

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, write an essay discussing one of the following:

- The implications and symbolism of the Bishop's asthma.

- Bernarda's rape of the Marquis in order to conceive Sierva.

- Ygnacio's first wife being struck by lightning.

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