Four Major Plays Test | Final 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 is Aline worried about his declaration?

2. Why was Lovborg arrested?

3. Why did Hedda marry Tesman?

4. What object did Aunt Julle purchase to impress Hedda?

5. What instrument does Hedda raucously play as Tesman and Mrs. Elvsted try to rewrite the manuscript?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the implications to Hedda of Brack knowing Lovborg died by one of her pistols?

2. What does Hedda admit she wants control of?

3. What are the factors that, combined, mean such despair for Hedda that she must end her life?

4. What are Hedda's feelings about Tesman's aunts?

5. How does Lovborg take his leave of Mrs. Elvsted?

6. Why does Hedda refrain from visiting Aunt Rina?

7. What does Mrs. Elvsted confess to Hedda?

8. What does Hedda claim spurred her original interest in Ejlert Lovborg, years ago?

9. How does Hedda convince Lovborg to go to the party?

10. What does Solness decide to do in honor of the new house?

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

Examine Mrs. Alving's "ghosts." When do they appear? As whom do they appear? What echoes of her past does she see in the present? Is she able to escape any of her past experiences? What is her character's arc throughout the play? Be sure to provide textual examples.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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