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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. How are the children feeling on Christmas Day?

3. What is Nora's attitude toward her children?

4. What does Nora say about the doll bed she's bought for her daughter, Emmy?

5. Is Torvald expecting Doctor Rand?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Nora say she wants to tear the fancy-dress costumes into a hundred thousand pieces?

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

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

5. What distracts Nora from decorating the Christmas tree?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Compare Nora and Torvald's systems of values.

1) What do Nora and Torvald value most? What are their priorities?

2) Why do Nora and Torvald each assume that the other has a similar system of values to their own?

3) Why have Nora and Torvald never discussed values and priorities?

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