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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. Who is the narrator of this novel?

2. Whom does Don Ygnacio meet on his way back from visiting a man with rabies?

3. After the death of his wife, why does Ygnacio keep his dogs near?

4. What does Don Ygnacio do for Sierva that she resents him for in chapter one?

5. How long ago did the twelve-year-old girl of the legend die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bernarda's relationship with Judas.

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

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

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

5. Describe the character of the Bishop.

6. How does Bernarda force the Marquis into marriage?

7. Why does Sierva prefer to live in the slave quarters instead of the mansion?

8. What happens to Sierva while in the marketplace?

9. What is the connection between the skull found in the crypts of the convent and the author's memories of a legend?

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

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:

- Compare and contrast Martina and Cayetano's fall from grace.

- The role of the Viceroy and Vicereine regarding Sierva's fate.

- Dr. Abrenuncio and his horse.

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:

- 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.

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