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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 instrument does Ygnacio play for Sierva?

3. What action takes place that has the Bishop stepping in to check on Sierva?

4. Who reminds Don Ygnacio about the animal biting Sierva?

5. What does Ygnacio's father forbid?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is special about the tall slave girl brought into New Grenada from the ship?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Ygnacio as a youth.

7. How does Bernarda force the Marquis into marriage?

8. What treatments does Sierva receive in her father's effort to cure her "madness?"

9. Why does Olivia escape from the madhouse and what is the result?

10. How is rabies treated by the citizens of New Grenada from the first chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"[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 2

Bernarda is Sierva's mother, who hates the child and prefers to spend her days in drug-induced decadence. Citing specific examples from the text and including a strong thesis statement, write an essay examining their relationship and character traits, including the following:

- Compare and contrast the personalities of these women.

- Discuss how characters feel about Bernarda and Sierva regarding their morals and apparent "wildness."

- Discuss, analyze, and compare their relationships to Judas Iscariote and Father Cayetano.

- Analyze how Bernarda and Sierva feel about each other and why.

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.

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