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. Who took care of Nora as a child?

2. What does Oswald feel he has to make up to Regine?

3. What can many of the artists abroad not afford, according to Oswald?

4. What favor does Krogstad ask of Nora?

5. Who does Mrs. Alving credit with her intellectual awakening?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Solness afraid of youth?

2. What does Engstrand want Regine to do at the beginning of the act?

3. What is the only way Torvald could possibly accept Krogstad again?

4. Why doesn't the Pastor want Mrs. Alving to insure the orphanage?

5. What does Solness decide to do in honor of the new house?

6. Describe Solness' relationship with Kaja?

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

8. How did Solness and Aline's children die?

9. What has Torvald refused to sacrifice for Nora?

10. What are the factors that, combined, mean such despair for Hedda that she must end her life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In the climax of HEDDA GABLER, she shoots herself in the temple with her father's pistol. What reversals in Act 4 lead her to this final act? What characters directly contribute to her decision? Is Hedda's suicide a final, courageous declaration of freedom, or has she been left no other choice because of her restrictive, stifling life? Is her suicide an admission of defeat? Why or why not?

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