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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. What does Don Ygnacio do for the man he meets on his way home from visiting the rabies patient?
3. What rabid animals attack the town?
4. How did the twelve-year-old girl from the legend die?
5. Who blesses the marriage of Bernarda and Ygnacio?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Sierva lie to Dr. Abrenuncio?
2. What condition does the beginning of the book find Bernarda in and why?
3. How does Bernarda spend her time on the sugar plantation and in what condition does she return?
4. Why does the Marquis give his daughter to the Holy Office?
5. How does Sierva's relationship with her father improve in Chapter 2?
6. How does Bernarda force the Marquis into marriage?
7. Why must the convent not cut Sierva's hair?
8. Describe Bernarda's relationship with Judas.
9. How does the friendship between Ygnacio and Dr. Abrenuncio begin?
10. What is the connection between the skull found in the crypts of the convent and the author's memories of a legend?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Consider the paradox of Sierva being subjected to a torturous exorcism so that other characters may rid themselves of their own demons. Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay discussing one of the following:
- What is her family's role in her behavior and her subsequent imprisonment?
- The Bishop's perceived failure to keep everyone faithful to the church.
- The Abbess's extreme distaste for the citizens of New Grenada.
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:
- 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.
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