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 is the significance of the orphanage's unveiling ceremony?

2. To what animal does Torvald often compare Nora?

3. What is Nora's reputation among her friends and family?

4. Who does Mrs. Alving credit with her intellectual awakening?

5. Why does Pastor Manders like Engstrand?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Nora's transformation symbolized in her costume?

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

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

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

5. How does Torvald react to Krogstad's first letter?

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

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

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

9. What has Torvald refused to sacrifice for Nora?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Dr. Rank of A DOLL'S HOUSE and Mr. Brack in HEDDA GABLER. How are these characters similar? How are they different? Do they play similar roles in the development of the action of their respective plays? How do they each relate to the main characters of their plays, namely Nora and Hedda? Do these characters echo the intentions and situations of Nora and Hedda? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of subtext in HEDDA GABLER. Does this differ from the other plays in the collection? Why or why not? What events or situations in Hedda Gabler are not stated, simply implied? How does this use of subtext contribute to the overall effect of the play from start to finish?

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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