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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. How does one of the men convince Brand to stay in the settlement?

2. When Brand addresses the men who have come to the Woman's house, where does he say the left eye turns toward?

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

4. Who does Brand's mother wish to take the glare of blinding light away?

5. According to Brand, who must one love first before they can love all mankind?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the conditions of Brand receiving his mother's fortune?

2. Why are Agnes and Brand not worried about the life of their son Alf?

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

4. What does Brand believe he has given up to be at this moment in life (the new church)?

5. In the Mayor's mind, how does Brand throw a wrench in the Mayor's plan to build?

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

7. What is the peasant willing to give up, and not give up, for a priest to visit his ailing daughter?

8. Why do Einar and Agnes not see the precipice?

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

10. Why does Brand refuse to take the blame from the townsfolk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you believe that Brand, given the chance, could save all of mankind? Why or why not (religious beliefs aside)? Remember to base your response off textual evidence.

Essay Topic 2

While the play is written from a Christian's view-point, many references are made to other god's. Find 2-3 of these references and discuss their importance to the play. Why do you believe that these images are included in a play that has a definite Christian tone?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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