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. Besides her children and husband, who else does Nora buy gifts for?

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

3. What is Nora's relationship with her children's nurse?

4. Who does Torvald compare Nora to?

5. How long has Krogstad known Torvald?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What was Nora's attitude toward Krogstad when she first borrowed money from him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism and metaphor used in the play.

1) Discuss the title of the play and the metaphor of Nora as a doll.

2) Discuss the symbolism of the Christmas tree.

3) Discuss the symbolism of Nora's costume and the tarantella that she dances at the party.

4) Expand your discussion to include other symbols and metaphors throughout the play.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of parents' influence on children in the play.

1) How was Nora influenced by her father? Was his influence a good or bad one? Why is Nora so often compared to her father?

2) Why is Torvald concerned about Krogstad's children? Why does he threaten to take the children away from Nora's influence?

3) What are Nora's beliefs about parents' influence on children at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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