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. To whom did Mrs. Alving run when her married life became unbearable?

2. Which of Mrs. Alving's possessions does the Pastor disapprove of?

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

4. What did Oswald go abroad to become?

5. What does Dr. Rank plan to send to Nora to alert her of his final descent?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mrs. Alving hope to gain from opening the orphanage?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What has Torvald refused to sacrifice for Nora?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Solness' death in THE MASTER BUILDER. Is his death the will of God? The foolish accident of a young man trying to impress a girl? Does he commit suicide, unable to atone for or reconcile with his many selfish, cruel choices? What role does Hilde play in Solness' death? What role does Aline play in Solness' death?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Nora's transformation throughout A DOLL'S HOUSE. Where does she first start to change? What is the final straw in her awakening? How does Torvald bring about his own fate? Has Nora learned anything about morality throughout the play? How does she use her newfound knowledge? Does her learned morality play a part in her decision to leave?

Essay Topic 3

Consider two of the four plays in the collection. How are the main characters similar? How are they different? What are the goals of the character and how do they attempt to achieve them? Are there common themes in both works? Which of the plays was written first? Are there marked differences in the thematic and plot elements used? Be sure to include properly cited quotations to enhance the argument.

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