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 are the Helmers excited for the new year?

2. What disease does Dr. Rank have?

3. What critical past moment of Mrs. Alving's life does the Pastor share?

4. What crime does Krogstad reveal Nora has committed?

5. What does Nora hint at at the end of Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Krogstad attempt to blackmail Nora?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Mrs. Alving keep Captain Alving's life of debauchery a secret?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss Solness's fear of youth in THE MASTER BUILDER. Why does he refuse at first to give Ragnar any words of praise? Why is he so intrigued when Hilde abruptly enters his life? How has Solness treated Brovik, his original master? What is ironic about Solness' death?

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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