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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. How does the Abbess feel about the Bishop?
2. What request does the Abbess make to the Bishop in regards to Sierva?
3. What forbidden activity is used to celebrate the arrival of the Viceroy?
4. According to the Bishop, what is the main problem with maintaining faith in the New World?
5. When Cayetano first meets Sierva, how is the girl being restrained?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Bernarda run away from the mansion in Chapter 4?
2. Describe Father Cayetano's character.
3. What does the Bishop claim about maintaining faith to the Viceroy?
4. How is the Viceroy introduced to Sierva and why?
5. How do Cayetano and Dr. Abrenuncio bond?
6. What is Father Cayetano's dream in chapter three?
7. Describe the centuries-old conflict between the convent and the Bishop.
8. What are Dr. Abrenuncio's views on the Holy Office and exorcisms?
9. How does Cayetano begin to feel about Sierva at the end of Chapter 3?
10. What happens around Sierva that the nuns take as signs that she is the center of evil?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This novel is something of a Biblical allegory. Citing specific examples from the text, discuss how this novel mirrors the Bible, including (but not limited to) a Christ- like figure, sacrifice for the benefit of others, and persecution. Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.
Essay Topic 2
Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay discussing one of the following:
- The implications and symbolism of the Bishop's asthma.
- Bernarda's rape of the Marquis in order to conceive Sierva.
- Ygnacio's first wife being struck by lightning.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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