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. How does Rank say Nora and Torvald will respond to his death?

2. What does Torvald say he did for Nora?

3. Why does Nora say she refuses to show him anything else?

4. While Tovald is reading the letters, what is Nora thinking of doing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Krogstad want most?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss religion in the play.

1) At the end of the play, Nora says that she does not know what religion is. How does her disillusionment with Torvald translate into a disillusionment with religion?

2) How are society and religion interlinked? Why is religion mentioned at the end of the play, but hardly mentioned at all during the rest of the play?

3) What is the relationship between religion and the characters' perception of morality?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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