Four Major Plays Test | Mid-Book 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 did Nora actually get the money?

2. Why has Dr. Rank allowed himself such a merry evening?

3. Why did the Pastor stay away from Helene and Mr. Alving for so many years?

4. Whose assistance will Oswald need if his illness progresses?

5. Why does Pastor Manders support Regine going back with Engstrand?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Nora afraid that her lies will affect the household?

2. Why doesn't Dr. Rank want Torvald to visit him in his illness?

3. What secret does Nora confess to Mrs. Linde about her and Torvald's trip to Italy?

4. What does Nora outwardly hope for at the end of Act 2, and what does she inwardly fear?

5. What was Mrs. Alving's marriage to the Captain really like, despite Pastor Mander's perceptions?

6. How is Nora's transformation symbolized in her costume?

7. What has Torvald refused to sacrifice for Nora?

8. How does Krogstad attempt to blackmail Nora?

9. Why does Nora decline asking her favor from Dr. Rank?

10. What did Johanna tell Engstrand about her "situation"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Dr. Rank of A DOLL'S HOUSE and Mr. Brack in HEDDA GABLER. How are these characters similar? How are they different? Do they play similar roles in the development of the action of their respective plays? How do they each relate to the main characters of their plays, namely Nora and Hedda? Do these characters echo the intentions and situations of Nora and Hedda? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the climax and the secondary climax of HEDDA GABLER. In which acts do these events occur? How does the secondary climax lead to the ultimate resolution in the play? What other events lead up to the play's final, climactic moment?

Essay Topic 3

Hedda repeatedly mentions seeing Lovborg with vine leaves in his hair. What do the vine leaves represent for Hedda? Are there any other references to vine leaves in literary history that come to mind? Literally, in today's world, what could vine leaves represent? How does this identification tie in with Lovborg's struggles to right himself?

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