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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. What does Torvald give to the maid after his conversation with Nora about Krogstad?

2. Where did Nora and Torvald travel to cure Torvald's illness?

3. What made Torvald ill?

4. Why did Torvald leave his office when he married Nora?

5. What brings Torvald out of his study?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What excuse does Nora make, so she doesn't have to explain the favor she wanted?

3. Describe Torvald's reaction to the news of Doctor Rank's impending death.

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

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

6. Why is Torvald reluctant to give Nora money for Christmas?

7. What does Torvald want Nora to do, to "hush up' the incident?

8. Why does Krogstad say it would be useless for Nora to kill herself?

9. Describe how Nora dances the Tarantella and Torvald's reaction.

10. What comparison does Nora seem to be making between her father and Torvald?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Nora's decision to leave Torvald.

1) Why does Nora consider Torvald a stranger when she leaves him? Why does she feel she can't learn what she needs to learn and stay in Torvald's house?

2) Why is Nora willing to leave her children?

3) In what ways is Nora's action in leaving Torvald selfless, and in what ways is it selfish? Is it the right decision?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the definition of marriage in the play.

1) What is Nora's idea of marriage? How does her idea of marriage change throughout the play, and what does she mean by the true wedlock she wishes for at the end of the play?

2) What is Mrs. Linde's idea of marriage? What did her former marriage mean to her, and how is it different from her proposed union with Krogstad?

3) What is Torvald's idea of marriage? How does he define his relationship with Nora?

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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