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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 was Bernarda Cabrera's position before she and Ygnacio married?

2. What does Ygnacio refuse to do with his wife?

3. Why does the doctor doubt that Sierva has rabies?

4. What bites Sierva in the marketplace?

5. How does Bernarda feel about Sierva?

Short Essay Questions

1. What condition does the beginning of the book find Bernarda in and why?

2. Describe the character of the Bishop.

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

4. Why does Sierva have a strong affinity for the African culture?

5. Describe Bernarda's relationship with Judas.

6. Why does Ygnacio's father object to his son marrying Dulce Olivia?

7. What happens to Sierva while in the marketplace?

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

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

10. Why does Sierva lie to Dr. Abrenuncio?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay discussing one of the following:

- Bernarda as a symbol of New Grenada's decay.

- The use of dogs as objects of fear as opposed to faithful companions.

- Sierva's Santeria jewelry and their representation of a non-biased person.

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Abrenuncio and Father Cayetano are the two most highly educated men in New Grenada. Citing specific examples from the text, discuss these two characters, including the following:

- Their differing backgrounds of science and faith.

- Their perceptions of each other, before and after they meet.

- Their concern over Sierva's fate.

- The possibilities of faith and science coming together, as exemplified by these two characters.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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