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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 African name does Sierva take on for herself?
2. Whom does Ygnacio marry when he returns to his father's house?
3. Where does Sierva spend all her time?
4. Who is the narrator of this novel?
5. Why does Sierva lie to the doctor?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the convent.
2. How do Cayetano and Dr. Abrenuncio bond?
3. What are Dr. Abrenuncio's views on the Holy Office and exorcisms?
4. What is ironic about Dulce Olivia's assessment of Sierva's situation?
5. Describe Ygnacio as a youth.
6. How are Cayetano's nightly visits to Sierva stopped?
7. Why does Sierva lie to Dr. Abrenuncio?
8. What is significant about the tunnel that leads to the convent?
9. How is rabies treated by the citizens of New Grenada from the first chapter?
10. Describe Bernarda's relationship with Judas.
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 the use of religion in this novel, including the following:
- Dr. Abrenuncio's relationship with the church and the Marquis
- Dominga's religions and the effects on Sierva Part
- The Abbess and the Bishop's relationship with each other.
Essay Topic 2
Citing specific examples from the text and including a strong thesis, discuss the use of Sierva as a "blank slate" for all the other characters, including the following:
- Attributes assigned to her by other people.
- Cayetano's obsession and love for her.
- Her neglectful childhood.
- Her affiliation with the slaves and their culture.
- The author's intent in leaving Sierva's personality a mystery.
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.
This section contains 2,108 words
(approx. 8 pages at 300 words per page)