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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 game does Nora play with her children?

2. Who does Nora say she wants to come help her with the costumes?

3. Who has Mrs. Linde had to support?

4. Who did Krogstad see walking with Torvald?

5. What was Torvald's previous profession?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Torvald ask Nora to name a "reasonable" present?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the idea of protecting women and sheltering them from life.

1) How does Torvald's idea of sheltering Nora contribute to her remaining child-like and ultimately believing that she must leave him?

2) How does Nora's lack of knowledge of the world lead her into her legal problems?

3) Are women in the play successfully sheltered from "unsavory" aspects of life? Examine both Nora and Mrs. Linde's experiences.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss morality in the novel, and the relationship of law and morality.

1) Torvald considers himself a moral man. What is his morality based on? How does Torvald define his own morality?

2) Nora believes that she knows what is right and wrong. What is her morality based on? How does her morality conflict with both law and Torvald's morality during the play? How does Nora define her own morality?

3) Krogstad says that he is trying to reform himself, but the method he uses is through blackmail. Discuss Krogstad's moral and ethical code. How does the morality of the society affect Krogstad?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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