Act I Questions and Answers

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1. In what season does the story take place?

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2. What do the servants think of Bernarda Alba?

3. Why are there mourners in Bernarda Alba’s house?

4. Who is being kept locked away and out of sight?

5. Who stands to benefit the most from the death of Antonia María Benavides?

6. What does Bernarda Alba think of the mourners and other inhabitants of the village?

7. Why is Pepe el Romano approaching Bernarda’s house?

8. According to Magdalena, what are Pepe de Romano’s motives?

9. Why is Bernarda upset with Angustias?

10. What does Maria Josefa desire as the curtain falls?

Answers
1. The play occurs in the summer. It is very hot and the women are often using fans.

2. Poncia and the maid dislike Bernarda. Poncia considers her a tyrant. She dreams of an eventual confrontation where she can tell her boss exactly what she thinks of her. The language is strong and imagery explicit.

3. A funeral mass for Antonia María Benavides, the second husband of Bernarda, has just finished. As the play opens, the church bells are tolling.

4. Maria Josefa, Bernarda’s mother, is kept locked up and out of sight of the neighbors.

5. Angustias, the oldest daughter, will inherit the vast majority of the estate, making her attractive to potential suitors. She is actually the step daughter of the deceased.

6. Bernarda considers the mourners and neighbors vicious gossips who are beneath her in social standing. She compares them to goats as they are exiting.

7. Pepe el Romano wishes...

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