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 Torvald do with the bond when he receives it?

2. What does Doctor Rank offer to do?

3. Where does Krogstad put the document he's brought?

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

5. What does Torvald say he did for Nora?

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

4. Why does Helmer say he prefers embroidery to knitting?

5. What does Krogstad want most?

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

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

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

9. What is Nora's reaction when the maid hands her the card from whoever has arrived at the door?

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 theme of parents' influence on children in the play.

1) How was Nora influenced by her father? Was his influence a good or bad one? Why is Nora so often compared to her father?

2) Why is Torvald concerned about Krogstad's children? Why does he threaten to take the children away from Nora's influence?

3) What are Nora's beliefs about parents' influence on children at the end of 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

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?

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