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 does Pastor Manders like Engstrand?

2. Why did Kristine end her relationship with Krogstad?

3. What disease is Oswald probably suffering from?

4. When Torvald became ill, where did he and Nora go?

5. To what does Nora compare her and Torvald's life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Pastor Manders accidentally burning down the orphanage?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is Nora afraid that her lies will affect the household?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Hedda repeatedly mentions seeing Lovborg with vine leaves in his hair. What do the vine leaves represent for Hedda? Are there any other references to vine leaves in literary history that come to mind? Literally, in today's world, what could vine leaves represent? How does this identification tie in with Lovborg's struggles to right himself?

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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