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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. According to the Bishop's document, what is some information that points to Sierva's assured possession?
2. How does Cayetano, in chapter three, force himself to focus on the preparations for the exorcism?
3. In chapter three, where does the Abbess first find Sierva in the convent?
4. In Dr. Abrenuncio's view, what is an exorcism?
5. In Cayetano's dream, what is Sierva eating?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cayetano begin to feel about Sierva at the end of Chapter 3?
2. How do Cayetano and Dr. Abrenuncio bond?
3. What is Father Cayetano's dream in chapter three?
4. What evidence does the Bishop present that argue for Sierva being possessed?
5. How does Sierva react when she is first introduced to the Abbess?
6. Why does Bernarda run away from the mansion in Chapter 4?
7. Describe the convent.
8. How is the Viceroy introduced to Sierva and why?
9. What memory is brought back for Cayetano while writing love poems in Chapter 4?
10. What does the Bishop claim about maintaining faith to the Viceroy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay examining Martina, including the following:
- Her personality and characteristics.
- The symbolism of a murderer displaying a Christian attitude. Part
- Why a sympathetic character such as Martina would have murdered nuns.
- The author's intent with the character of Martina.
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