A Doll's House 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. How does Torvald try to cheer up Nora?

2. What does Nora threaten to throw Krogstad out of the house for?

3. How long were they gone?

4. What does Nora finally ask Torvald for as a Christmas present?

5. What does Torvald say to tell any callers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Torvald react to Nora saying his reason for firing Krogstad is narrow-minded?

2. What distracts Nora from decorating the Christmas tree?

3. Why does Torvald say that his wife asking him to keeps Krogstad means he could never do it?

4. What is Krogstad's response when Nora tells him she can't help him?

5. Why doesn't Nora talk to Torvald about her old friends?

6. What is Nora's reaction to seeing Mrs. Linde?

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

8. What is Nora's reaction to Krogstad's entrance?

9. Does Nora realize the seriousness of faking a signature?

10. Why does Mrs. Linde think Torvald might still be ill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of parents' influence on children in the play.

1) How was Nora influenced by her father? Was his influence a good or bad one? Why is Nora so often compared to her father?

2) Why is Torvald concerned about Krogstad's children? Why does he threaten to take the children away from Nora's influence?

3) What are Nora's beliefs about parents' influence on children at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss propriety and social rules in the play.

1) How do the characters discuss Doctor Rank's syphilis? Why do they use euphemisms and not talk directly about the subject?

2) How are the social rules in the play different for men and women?

3) How does Torvald feel about being socially proper, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Torvald does not want to be seen as weak by others, and his pride often dictates his actions. Discuss Torvald's pride.

1) Discuss how Torvald's pride is at the root of his firing Krogstad. How is pride a factor in Torvald actually delivering the letter of dismissal against Nora's wishes?

2) How does Torvald's pride contribute to the way he treats his wife? How much does Torvald's pride contribute to Nora lying to him? How does it contribute to his reactions to Krogstad's letters?

3) How does Torvald's pride affect his attitude toward money and toward his job?

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