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. Why is the Pastor hesitant about getting the orphanage insured?

2. Why does Kristine insist Krogstad leave the letter in the box?

3. What item of her costume does Nora show Dr. Rank?

4. What card does Torvald receive from Dr. Rank?

5. Who pursues Krogstad in an attempt to help Nora?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Torvald react to Krogstad's first letter?

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

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

4. What does Regine do when she learns how closely related she and Oswald are?

5. What is ironic about Engstrand's naming his seaman's home the Captain Alving Home?

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

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

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

9. Why does Mrs. Linde volunteer to approach Krogstad?

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 and contrast the relationship between Nora and Torvald and Mrs. Linde and Krogstad in A DOLL'S HOUSE. Which couple experiences the miracle that Nora has so hoped for? How does Torvald's behavior contribute to Nora's ultimate decision to leave him?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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