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 say he did for Nora?

2. How does Doctor Rank respond when Nora asks what he would do if she asked him a huge favor?

3. How does Torvald say he will deal with Krogstad's demands?

4. What does Krogstad compare himself to?

5. What does Torvald blame Nora's behavior on?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Nora dances the Tarantella and Torvald's reaction.

2. What does Torvald play on the piano?

3. Describe Torvald's reaction to receiving the letter with the bond enclosed.

4. What does Krogstad want most?

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

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

7. What is Mrs. Linde's reaction when Krogstad offers to ask Torvald for his letter back?

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

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

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

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 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 3

Discuss the play's treatment of lies and deception.

1) Nora lies to Torvald about macaroons, about working to pay off a loan, and about borrowing money without his consent. How does Nora view her own deception? Why does she lie?

2) How does Torvald view lying? How does he react to Nora's lies when he discovers them? How does he react to Krogstad's deceitful behavior?

3) How do the characters lie to and deceive themselves? Is the atmosphere of deceit in the Helmer household unhealthy?

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