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 does Krogstad plan to tell Torvald of Nora's IOU?

2. To whom did Mrs. Alving run when her married life became unbearable?

3. What suggestion does Torvald give Mrs. Linde?

4. Who is Regine's biological parent?

5. How long does Nora plan to wait to tell Torvald about the borrowing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Torvald react when Krogstad returns the IOU?

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

4. What does Mrs. Alving hope to gain from opening the orphanage?

5. How does Krogstad attempt to blackmail Nora?

6. How will Dr. Rank notify Nora that he is in the final stage of his illness?

7. What does Mr. Brack hint will soon keep Hedda busy, fulfilling her life and abating her incurable boredom?

8. Why did Mrs. Alving keep Captain Alving's life of debauchery a secret?

9. What does Mrs. Elvsted confess to Hedda?

10. How does Hedda initially react to the news of Lovborg's suicide?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Pastor Manders of GHOSTS. Though he is the spiritual figurehead of the community, is he in denial of his true nature? Can any conclusions be drawn in his behavior toward Mrs. Alving? Toward Regine? When he finds out that Engstrand lied to him, how does he react? Why does he agree to finance Engstrand's sailor's home? What is his main concern?

Essay Topic 2

Hedda Gabler considers herself a coward. Why does she have that impression? What is she afraid of? What does she truly desire? Why does her obsession with Ejlert Lovborg consume her? She encourages Ejlert Lovborg to go to the party, despite protestations from Mrs. Elvsted and Lovborg himself declining. Why is she trying to control his destiny?

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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