Four Major Plays Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 role of personal will in THE MASTER BUILDER. Which characters believe they can will events into existence? How have these wills affected their lives/pasts/presents? In a way, could Solness's death be a punishment from God for trying to control his own destiny?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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