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. What does Nora do with the item of clothing "to punish" Doctor Rank?

2. What does Torvald do with the bond when he receives it?

3. What simile does Torvald use to describe how he will protect Nora?

4. What stops Torvald from coming into the room?

5. What are Krogstad and Nora talking about, that both considered but neither had the courage for?

Short Essay Questions

1. After news of Doctor Rank's impending death, what does Torvald say that he often wishes?

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

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

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

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

6. Why can't Nora ask Doctor Rank for help, after he tells her his feelings?

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

8. What fantasy does Torvald say he has about his wife when he's bringing her home from a party?

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

10. How does Krogstad respond to Mrs. Linde's offer to be with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 meaning of money to the characters in the play.

1) Why is money important to Nora? What does money mean to her? Why does she want money, and how does she feel about it? Where does money fit in Nora's hierarchy of priorities?

2) What does money mean to Torvald? Why is he happy to have his new job? In what ways does he expect money to improve his life? Where does money fit in Torvald's hierarchy of priorities?

3) How do Nora and Torvald view borrowing, and why?

4) How does Mrs. Linde view money, and why does she marry her first husband for financial reasons?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss propriety and social rules in the play.

1) How do the characters discuss Doctor Rank's syphilis? Why do they use euphemisms and not talk directly about the subject?

2) How are the social rules in the play different for men and women?

3) How does Torvald feel about being socially proper, and why?

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