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. Did Nora write to Mrs. Linde when her husband died?

2. Is Torvald expecting Doctor Rand?

3. Why doesn't the nurse want Nora to go out?

4. How does Nora check if her husband is in?

5. What is Torvald's attitude toward borrowing money?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Nora fake her father's signature?

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

3. Why does Nora say she wants to tear the fancy-dress costumes into a hundred thousand pieces?

4. What does Doctor Rank say about Krogstad's character?

5. What is Torvald's response when Nora asks whether it's nice of her to obey her husband's wishes?

6. What does Mrs. Linde hope Nora can do for her?

7. What does Torvald say an atmosphere of lies does?

8. What distracts Nora from decorating the Christmas tree?

9. Why does Nora confess to Mrs. Linde that her father didn't give her the money for the trip that saved Torvald's life?

10. What is Nora's attitude towards the law?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Krogstad's character.

1) How is Krogstad similar to Nora, and how is he different from her?

2) To what extent is Krogstad a villain? Are Krogstad's actions forgivable?

3) Compare Nora's view of Krogstad to Mrs. Linde's view of Krogstad. Why does Mrs. Linde still want a life with Krogstad, after what he's done?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Nora and Torvald's systems of values.

1) What do Nora and Torvald value most? What are their priorities?

2) Why do Nora and Torvald each assume that the other has a similar system of values to their own?

3) Why have Nora and Torvald never discussed values and priorities?

Essay Topic 3

In the play, the characters are often self-interested and even self-absorbed. Discuss selfishness in the play.

1) In what ways is Nora self-centered and self-absorbed? How does she view other people's problems? How does she view her own problems and priorities?

2) In what ways is Torvald self-centered and self-absorbed? How does he respond to Krogstad's letter when he thinks it will ruin him? Who is he most concerned about and why? Why does he feel the need to impose his own views on his wife?

3) In what ways are other characters, like Doctor Rank, Mrs. Linde, and Krogstad, self-centered? How does self-interest shape society?

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