A Doll's House Test | Final 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 is Doctor Rank jealous of Mrs. Linde?

2. What does Krogstad say he has in his pocket?

3. What does Nora ask Krogstad to think of, to beg him for mercy?

4. What does Nora pretend was Rank's father's sin?

5. What are Doctor Rank's feelings towards Nora?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the significance of Nora calling for the lamp?

6. Why does Nora confess what's happened to Mrs. Linde?

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

8. What does Nora tell Torvald she needs his help to do, in order to keep him distracted?

9. Describe Rank's ideas of costumes for himself and Nora at the next fancy dress ball.

10. Describe Torvald's reaction to Nora's wrongdoing.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the author builds tension in the play.

1) How does the author use foreshadowing to hint at events to come in the play?

2) How do the lies and deceptions in the play contribute to its tension?

3) What is the audience afraid will happen in the play?

4) How does the author use Krogstad's letter in the letterbox to generate tension in the last act of the play, and what other devices does the author use in the play to create tension?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Nora and Torvald's systems of values.

1) What do Nora and Torvald value most? What are their priorities?

2) Why do Nora and Torvald each assume that the other has a similar system of values to their own?

3) Why have Nora and Torvald never discussed values and priorities?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the self-awareness of the characters.

1) Nora says that she thought she loved Torvald, but she did not. She also says that she thought she knew who Torvald was, but she did not. Why was Nora deceived about her own knowledge and feelings? How much is Nora aware of the true nature of her marriage throughout the play?

2) How much is Torvald aware of his own reasons for making decisions and his own morality? Why does he have a severe reaction to Krogstad's letter, and then explain it away as a fit of anger? What aspects of his own character does Torvald understand or not understand?

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