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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 are the slaves sent to do towards the end of chapter one?
2. What does Don Ygnacio admit to the doctor?
3. Who reminds Don Ygnacio about the animal biting Sierva?
4. Where does Bernarda go after Judas's death?
5. Who is raising Sierva?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Sierva while in the marketplace?
2. What treatments does Sierva receive in her father's effort to cure her "madness?"
3. What does Dr. Abrenuncio believe about Sierva and her brush with rabies and what treatment does he recommend?
4. Why does Sierva prefer to live in the slave quarters instead of the mansion?
5. Why does Sierva have a strong affinity for the African culture?
6. What is special about the tall slave girl brought into New Grenada from the ship?
7. Describe Ygnacio as a youth.
8. What sort of man does Don Ygnacio appear to be in Chapter 1?
9. What condition does the beginning of the book find Bernarda in and why?
10. How does Bernarda spend her time on the sugar plantation and in what condition does she return?
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
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 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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