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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 peasant not willing to give up to ease his daughter's death?

2. What is the peasant afraid will happen to Brand if he continues on the path he is following?

3. What does the peasant's son fear they will encounter if they continue on their journey?

4. What does Brand save Einar and Agnes from doing?

5. Why can't Brand and the Woman go back the way she has come?

Short Essay Questions

1. Brand decides to help the woman whose husband needs a priest. What dangerous act must Brand perform to get to her home?

2. What does Agnes find wrong with Brand's church?

3. Agnes is distraught on Christmas Eve. Why?

4. Before the "opening" of the church, what happens after Brand shows his anger at the situation?

5. Why does the Mayor need Brand's help in his building?

6. Why does Brand believe that the townsfolk have followed the Mayor's desires to this point?

7. Why does Agnes choose to follow Brand instead of going with Einar?

8. Why does Agnes volunteer to go with Brand across the fjord when no one else will?

9. Why does the Mayor believe the new church to be great?

10. During the conversation between the Dean and Brand before the opening of the church, what does the Dean tell Brand are his obligations?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are several references to "light" throughout the play. Choose three examples and explain their relevance to the play.

Essay Topic 2

The Mayor and Brand are at war throughout the novel. Describe two of their arguments. Who do you believe to be the stronger man? Why do you believe this? Be sure to use textual evidence.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the conversation between Brand and Gerd in Act 5 l 1694-1703. What is Gerd saying about Brand? Do you agree with Gerd and see Brand as the Savior? What about a martyr, or as a stigmatic? Why?

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