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. Why does Mrs. Linde come by Nora's house?

2. What is Nora's attitude toward the porter who helps her with her purchases?

3. What does Torvald say to tell any callers?

4. What does Nora tell Krogstad about how Mrs. Linde got the job at the bank?

5. For Nora, what will having "heaps and heaps of money" mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nora introduce her request for Torvald to let Krogstad keep his post at the bank?

2. What is Nora's attitude toward Torvald's rules?

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

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

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

6. What distracts Nora from decorating the Christmas tree?

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

8. How does Mrs. Linde feel, now that no one's depending on her financially anymore?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss how the author builds tension in the play.

1) How does the author use foreshadowing to hint at events to come in the play?

2) How do the lies and deceptions in the play contribute to its tension?

3) What is the audience afraid will happen in the play?

4) How does the author use Krogstad's letter in the letterbox to generate tension in the last act of the play, and what other devices does the author use in the play to create tension?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the play's treatment of lies and deception.

1) Nora lies to Torvald about macaroons, about working to pay off a loan, and about borrowing money without his consent. How does Nora view her own deception? Why does she lie?

2) How does Torvald view lying? How does he react to Nora's lies when he discovers them? How does he react to Krogstad's deceitful behavior?

3) How do the characters lie to and deceive themselves? Is the atmosphere of deceit in the Helmer household unhealthy?

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