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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 is Torvald carrying when he exits the study?

2. How long has Krogstad known Torvald?

3. How often does Doctor Rank visit?

4. What idea does Mrs. Linde inadvertently put into Nora's head?

5. What does Torvald give to the maid after his conversation with Nora about Krogstad?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What distracts Nora from decorating the Christmas tree?

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

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

5. What does Doctor Rank say about Krogstad's character?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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