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. What is Engstrand's business idea?

2. What crime does Krogstad reveal Nora has committed?

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

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

5. Why did Kristine end her relationship with Krogstad?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Oswald's first inkling that perhaps his father was not as virtuous as he thought?

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

5. Why does Torvald think Nora is putting in a good word for Krogstad?

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

7. Why does Krogstad agree to withdraw his letter to Torvald?

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

9. What problems does Pastor Manders have with Oswald's perception of marriage?

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

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

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

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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