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

2. What does Nora finally ask Torvald for as a Christmas present?

3. Where does Nora send her children so she can talk to Krogstad?

4. How many children does Nora have?

5. What does Mrs. Linde say her husband left her monetarily?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Nora say about her moral sense, at the end of the play?

4. How does Torvald respond to Nora's suggestion that she will soon be "out of the way"?

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

6. What is Krogstad's response when Nora tells him she can't help him?

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

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

9. What does Nora ask Doctor Rank to do for her, after the maid gives Nora the card?

10. Describe Torvald's reaction to receiving the letter with the bond enclosed.

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss religion in the play.

1) At the end of the play, Nora says that she does not know what religion is. How does her disillusionment with Torvald translate into a disillusionment with religion?

2) How are society and religion interlinked? Why is religion mentioned at the end of the play, but hardly mentioned at all during the rest of the play?

3) What is the relationship between religion and the characters' perception of morality?

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