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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. Brand's mother sends news that she has offered half of her fortune to God. Brand still refuses to go see her. What is Brand's mother's second offering?

2. Brand refuses to change his beliefs. What does Brand say to Agnes in reply to her questioning him?

3. Agnes has a vision. What does she claim to have seen in this vision?

4. Who does Brand claim sent Gerd to him?

5. Why does Brand refuse to help the peasant and his daughter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After the Doctor leaves, what does the Man who comes to visit Brand come to warn him of?

3. Three years after last seeing his mother, why is Brand scanning the fjord in front of his home?

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

5. Agnes is distraught on Christmas Eve. Why?

6. What does Brand believe Agnes must do to complete her dependence on Alf's memory?

7. Describe the events leading up to, and including, Brand's death.

8. What is the Doctor's diagnosis for Alf?

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

10. Why does the word "churchyard" bother Agnes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the following lines: "One day the light will dawn, replete: the greatest triumph is defeat!" (Brand- Act 3, l 592-593). Discuss the comparison that Brand is making. Why is he making this comparison? What is unusual about the comparison?

Essay Topic 2

According to the play, do you believe Brand to be Savior re-born? Give textual evidence to support reasoning as to why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

The form that appears to Brand could be looked at as a pagan image. Discuss the different views that could be attached to this form- christian and/or pagan. How could one viewpoint undermine Brand's belief in God?

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