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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 occupant of the town is the commander of a ship which travels all over the world?

2. What word refers to a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust?

3. Where is Tom employed as an adviser?

4. What is the name of Tom Stockmann's maid?

5. In Act I Scene 1, Petra remembers that Tom warned the town not to build the Springs downstream from what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who stops by Tom's residence first in Act I Scene 2? Why?

2. What does Tom tell Hovstad to do regarding the report in Act I Scene 1? What is the immediate reaction to the news?

3. Discuss the truth in Act I Scene 2. How does the playwright establish "the truth" in the narrative?

4. What guests come in as Catherine's father is leaving in Act I Scene 1? What discussion do they have?

5. What does Peter tell Tom he is going to do with Kirsten Springs in Act I Scene 2? What is Tom's response?

6. What does Peter suggest Tom do instead of releasing the report in Act I Scene 2? What is Tom's reaction?

7. What does Hovstad see the situation as in Act I Scene 2? What is his principle personal battle?

8. What children does Tom return with in Act I Scene 1? What does he remark about his children and how does this impact Peter?

9. With whom did Peter have a discussion about the issue in Act I Scene 2? What was the conclusion?

10. What thematic question is posed regarding Tom and Peter in Act I Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If you were an attorney arguing to close the town spa, you would need evidence that the spa water is indeed contaminated. How would you obtain this evidence?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the print media in the narrative. What is the playwright suggesting about our own society and culture?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the characters of Petra and Tom Stockmann. What similarities do they share? What differences?

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