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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. In the Governor's dinner for the Viceroy, what is the entertainment?
2. What is the result of Cayetano staring into the sun for too long in the beginning of chapter four?
3. Who, upon her arrival, takes a special interest in Sierva?
4. What book does Dr. Abrenuncio show Cayetano?
5. What is Martina Laborde imprisoned for?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Father Cayetano's character.
2. How does Sierva react when she is first introduced to the Abbess?
3. Describe the centuries-old conflict between the convent and the Bishop.
4. What happens around Sierva that the nuns take as signs that she is the center of evil?
5. How does Cayetano gain Sierva's trust?
6. What does the Bishop claim about maintaining faith to the Viceroy?
7. What does the Abbess complain about to the Bishop in Chapter 4?
8. What evidence does the Bishop present that argue for Sierva being possessed?
9. What is Father Cayetano's dream in chapter three?
10. Describe the convent.
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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