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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 does Sierva lie to the doctor?

2. How does Bernarda know Ygnacio before they got married?

3. What does the Marquis do for Sierva, despite what Dr. Abrenuncio tells him?

4. Why are the slaves waiting in the harbor?

5. What is the Bishop afflicted with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Marquis give his daughter to the Holy Office?

2. Why does Ygnacio's father object to his son marrying Dulce Olivia?

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

4. Why does Sierva have a strong affinity for the African culture?

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

6. How does Bernarda force the Marquis into marriage?

7. Describe Ygnacio as a youth.

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

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

10. Describe Bernarda and Ygnacio's relationship with Sierva.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Citing specific examples from the text and including a strong thesis statement, discuss Father Cayetano's fear of women. Make sure the essay pinpoints the effects of this fear on his development as a character and the author's intent. Points to consider include his entrance into the priesthood, his dealings with the nuns, and, especially, his relationship with Sierva.

Essay Topic 2

What is significant about "The Four Books of Amadis of Gaul?" Why is this book banned by the church and confiscated from Cayetano in his youth? How does this relate to Dr. Abrenuncio and, especially, Father Cayetano? Do the classic literary connections "The Four Books of Amadis of Gaul" mirror any changes that happen to the doctor and the priest? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sierva asks her father if love can truly conquer all. His response is that, while it can, it would be best if she did not believe it. Citing specific examples from the text, discuss the statement within the overall context of this novel. How does this statement ring true for Sierva? How does it fail? Does it appear that she believes love can conquer all? In the end, does it? Provide thorough explanations for each statement.

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