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 happens while Nora is dancing?

2. What has Nora instructed the maid to tell Krogstad?

3. What does Mrs. Linde tell Nora to do?

4. Where does Mrs. Linde propose to go, after Nora tells her what's happened?

5. How does Nora answer, when Torvald asks if she understands what she has done?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Mrs. Linde respond to Krogstad's suggestion that she should give up her post at the bank for his benefit?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism and metaphor used in the play.

1) Discuss the title of the play and the metaphor of Nora as a doll.

2) Discuss the symbolism of the Christmas tree.

3) Discuss the symbolism of Nora's costume and the tarantella that she dances at the party.

4) Expand your discussion to include other symbols and metaphors throughout the play.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the definition of marriage in the play.

1) What is Nora's idea of marriage? How does her idea of marriage change throughout the play, and what does she mean by the true wedlock she wishes for at the end of the play?

2) What is Mrs. Linde's idea of marriage? What did her former marriage mean to her, and how is it different from her proposed union with Krogstad?

3) What is Torvald's idea of marriage? How does he define his relationship with Nora?

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