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. What suggestion does Torvald give Mrs. Linde?

2. What story does Engstrand tell about Regine's parentage?

3. Where does Regine plan to go instead of staying in the Alvings' house?

4. Who actually loaned Nora the money?

5. What is the name of the orphanage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. To whom does Nora feel her duty is owed?

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

7. Why doesn't Dr. Rank want Torvald to visit him in his illness?

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

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

10. How does Krogstad attempt to blackmail Nora?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Pastor Manders of GHOSTS. Though he is the spiritual figurehead of the community, is he in denial of his true nature? Can any conclusions be drawn in his behavior toward Mrs. Alving? Toward Regine? When he finds out that Engstrand lied to him, how does he react? Why does he agree to finance Engstrand's sailor's home? What is his main concern?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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