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 Nora think they can spend more money?

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

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

4. What does Nora try to do after Krogstad leaves?

5. What does Krogstad compare falsifying the signature to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Does Nora realize the seriousness of faking a signature?

4. What is Mrs. Linde's reaction to Krogstad's entrance?

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

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

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

8. What distracts Nora from decorating the Christmas tree?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the play, the characters are often self-interested and even self-absorbed. Discuss selfishness in the play.

1) In what ways is Nora self-centered and self-absorbed? How does she view other people's problems? How does she view her own problems and priorities?

2) In what ways is Torvald self-centered and self-absorbed? How does he respond to Krogstad's letter when he thinks it will ruin him? Who is he most concerned about and why? Why does he feel the need to impose his own views on his wife?

3) In what ways are other characters, like Doctor Rank, Mrs. Linde, and Krogstad, self-centered? How does self-interest shape society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of imposing ideas onto another person in the novel.

1) How does Torvald impose his own ideas onto Nora? Why does he do this? How successful is he at it?

2) How does a culture impose its ideas onto the people of the culture?

3) How do parents impose ideas and beliefs onto children? In what ways is this positive, and in what ways is it negative?

Essay Topic 3

Torvald does not want to be seen as weak by others, and his pride often dictates his actions. Discuss Torvald's pride.

1) Discuss how Torvald's pride is at the root of his firing Krogstad. How is pride a factor in Torvald actually delivering the letter of dismissal against Nora's wishes?

2) How does Torvald's pride contribute to the way he treats his wife? How much does Torvald's pride contribute to Nora lying to him? How does it contribute to his reactions to Krogstad's letters?

3) How does Torvald's pride affect his attitude toward money and toward his job?

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