A Doll's House Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What example does Torvald give Nora, to try and show her why borrowing is bad?

Torvald asks Nora what she would do if she borrowed money and spent it all by Christmas, and then before Torvald could start his job, he died.

2. What is Nora's reaction to Torvald's example?

Nora is horrified at the idea that Torvald could be killed and says that, if he were gone, she wouldn't care about money at all.

3. Where is Torvald when Nora comes home, and what is its significance?

Torvald is in his study, working, and he doesn't want to be disturbed. Torvald focuses on his work, more than being interested in his wife.

4. What do Torvald's pet names for Nora say about his attitude towards her?

Torvald calls her a little squirrel and a spendthrift. He is condescending to Nora, considering her thoughtless and unable to face serious tasks or ideas.

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