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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 the doctor advise Don Ygnacio to do with his daughter?
2. What are the slaves sent to do towards the end of chapter one?
3. Who blesses the marriage of Bernarda and Ygnacio?
4. How did the Marquis's father view him when he was younger?
5. What does the Bishop consider Dr. Abrenuncio?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the Viceroy introduced to Sierva and why?
2. What does the Bishop claim about maintaining faith to the Viceroy?
3. Why must the convent not cut Sierva's hair?
4. Describe the convent.
5. What is Cayetano's fate after confessing his love for Sierva to the Bishop?
6. How does Martina help Sierva?
7. Why does Bernarda run away from the mansion in Chapter 4?
8. What is the connection between the skull found in the crypts of the convent and the author's memories of a legend?
9. What happens to Cayetano during the eclipse?
10. What is significant about the book Cayetano speaks of to Dr. Abrenuncio?
Essay Topic 1
Citing specific examples from the text, discuss the author's use of magic realism in this novel. In what ways does the author make this story true to life? In what ways is this story fantastical? (Please note that the term "fantastical" encompasses more than just the miracle of Sierva's hair growing after death and is meant as something that likely could not happen in real life).
Essay Topic 2
Citing specific examples from the text, discuss the ironic twists within the characters of this novel, including the following:
- The slaves' acceptance and caring of Sierva.
- Dulce Olivia's feelings about Sierva's situation in the convent. Part
- The nuns' attempted thefts of Sierva's necklaces.
Essay Topic 3
Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay examining Martina, including the following:
- Her personality and characteristics.
- The symbolism of a murderer displaying a Christian attitude. Part
- Why a sympathetic character such as Martina would have murdered nuns.
- The author's intent with the character of Martina.
This section contains 2,166 words
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