An Enemy of the People Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the setting of Act I Scene 2?

2. When was the original play "An Enemy of the People" published?

3. Hovstad connects everything that's wrong with the town on what?

4. Who is the protagonist in "An Enemy of the People"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What conversation do Tom and Hovstad share over the society in Act I Scene 2?

2. Who is Mr. Aslaksen and why does he come by in Act I Scene 2?

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

4. What does Peter assert about the springs in Act I Scene 1?

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

6. What is Peter's initial response to the report in Act I Scene 2?

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

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

9. How long had Tom suspected problems with the water? How did he come to his actions in Act I Scene 1?

10. What does Hovstad note about Aslaksen in Act I Scene 2? What does Hovstad intend to do when he departs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Why did Ibsen (and Miller) include the character of Captain Horster? What role does Horster play in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the central subject of debate in the play. How is the pollution in the water described? How "fixable" is the issue?

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