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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. Why is she going to the market?
2. What is the station of the person raising Sierva?
3. From what continent do Sierva's language skills come from?
4. How does Ygnacio's wife die?
5. What do the fireworks remind Bernarda and Ygnacio about?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Sierva lie to Dr. Abrenuncio?
2. Why must the convent not cut Sierva's hair?
3. Describe Ygnacio as a youth.
4. What sort of man does Don Ygnacio appear to be in Chapter 1?
5. Describe Bernarda's relationship with Judas.
6. What is special about the tall slave girl brought into New Grenada from the ship?
7. What happens to Sierva while in the marketplace?
8. Why does Sierva have a strong affinity for the African culture?
9. What does Dr. Abrenuncio believe about Sierva and her brush with rabies and what treatment does he recommend?
10. How does Ygnacio's first wife deal with her husband?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Citing specific examples from the text and including a strong thesis statement, analyze the shared dream of Father Cayetano and Sierva. In particular, discuss what the grapes, the snow, Spain, and the lambs represent. Relate this to the overall frame of the story and the character arcs (and the fates of these characters). Analyze why Cayetano and Sierva had the same dream.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay discussing one of the following:
- Bernarda as a symbol of New Grenada's decay.
- The use of dogs as objects of fear as opposed to faithful companions.
- Sierva's Santeria jewelry and their representation of a non-biased person.
This section contains 917 words
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