A Doll's House Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. Where did Nora and Torvald travel to cure Torvald's illness?

3. What made Torvald ill?

4. Why did Torvald leave his office when he married Nora?

5. What brings Torvald out of his study?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What excuse does Nora make, so she doesn't have to explain the favor she wanted?

3. Describe Torvald's reaction to the news of Doctor Rank's impending death.

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

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

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

7. What does Torvald want Nora to do, to "hush up' the incident?

8. Why does Krogstad say it would be useless for Nora to kill herself?

9. Describe how Nora dances the Tarantella and Torvald's reaction.

10. What comparison does Nora seem to be making between her father and Torvald?

Essay 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 the characters' naming of each other in the play.

1) How do the nicknames Torvald uses for Nora show his feelings and attitude towards her? How do they reveal his character?

2) How are the characters' ideas for costumes for themselves and others a kind of naming, or assignment of identity? What does Torvald's choice of costume for Nora say about his feelings and attitudes towards her? What do Doctor Rank's choices of costumes for Nora and himself in the future say about his feelings and attitudes?

3) What other names and identities do the characters assign themselves and others, and what significance do they have?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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