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. What does Torvald initially think is the reason Nora wants him to let Krogstad keep his job?

2. What caused Doctor Rank's illness?

3. Who does Torvald compare Nora to?

4. What does Torvald like about his new job?

5. How does Torvald try to cheer up Nora?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Torvald looking forward to the Christmas dinner?

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

6. What is the significance of Nora mentioning the first of the month to Krogstad?

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

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

9. What distracts Nora from decorating the Christmas tree?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the meaning of money to the characters in the play.

1) Why is money important to Nora? What does money mean to her? Why does she want money, and how does she feel about it? Where does money fit in Nora's hierarchy of priorities?

2) What does money mean to Torvald? Why is he happy to have his new job? In what ways does he expect money to improve his life? Where does money fit in Torvald's hierarchy of priorities?

3) How do Nora and Torvald view borrowing, and why?

4) How does Mrs. Linde view money, and why does she marry her first husband for financial reasons?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the characters' naming of each other in the play.

1) How do the nicknames Torvald uses for Nora show his feelings and attitude towards her? How do they reveal his character?

2) How are the characters' ideas for costumes for themselves and others a kind of naming, or assignment of identity? What does Torvald's choice of costume for Nora say about his feelings and attitudes towards her? What do Doctor Rank's choices of costumes for Nora and himself in the future say about his feelings and attitudes?

3) What other names and identities do the characters assign themselves and others, and what significance do they have?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concept of man's ownership of his wife in the novel.

1) In what ways does Torvald indicate that he feels he owns Nora? Why does Torvald feel this way?

2) How does Nora respond to Torvald assuming that he owns her and control her? How does her response change at the end of the play, and why?

3) What societal critique does the play make about men who feel they own their wives, and why?

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