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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 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 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

Discuss Mrs. Linde's character.

1) Is Mrs. Linde truly a friend to Nora? Why does she tell Krogstad not to intercept his letter before Torvald can read it?

2) What has Mrs. Linde learned from her background? How is her view of life and marriage different from Nora's?

3) Compare Mrs. Linde's proposed relationship with Krogstad with Nora's relationship with Torvald.

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