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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 Ygnacio refuse to do with his wife?
2. What bites Sierva in the marketplace?
3. Why does Sierva lie to the doctor?
4. What is the Bishop afflicted with?
5. Why does the doctor doubt that Sierva has rabies?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Sierva prefer to live in the slave quarters instead of the mansion?
2. How does Bernarda force the Marquis into marriage?
3. What is special about the tall slave girl brought into New Grenada from the ship?
4. Describe Ygnacio as a youth.
5. Why does Ygnacio's father object to his son marrying Dulce Olivia?
6. Why does Sierva have a strong affinity for the African culture?
7. What sort of man does Don Ygnacio appear to be in Chapter 1?
8. Describe the character of the Bishop.
9. How does Ygnacio's first wife deal with her husband?
10. Why does Olivia escape from the madhouse and what is the result?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
"[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.
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