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 does Mrs. Alving credit with her intellectual awakening?

2. What does Krogstad send back to Torvald?

3. Who is Torvald's best friend?

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

5. Why has Kristine come to seek work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference in opinion between Torvald and Nora about borrowing money?

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

3. When is the first instance that Mrs. Alving sees "ghosts"?

4. What deed does Oswald ask his mother to do for him, should circumstances necessitate?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How is Nora's dance costume symbolic of her life and marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Solness as a true tragic hero. What is his essential flaw? How is he vulnerable? How is he manipulated by other characters in the play? Can he be blamed for his fate, or is he simply the victim of destiny? Does he bear any similarity to Lovborg in Hedda Gabler? Why or why not?

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

In all the plays in the collection, there is a common theme: the inability to escape one's past. How does this theme play out in each of the four works? Which characters are the most affected by their denials of their pasts? What are the ultimate consequences in each of the works?

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