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. Where is Mr. Lovborg invited upon his arrival to the Tesmans'?

2. What refreshment does Hedda offer to her guests?

3. What object(s) does Hedda keep imagining in Lovborg's hair?

4. What is the most important element to Aline in her life?

5. Who does Tesman think is the woman who inspired Lovborg's book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Solness' relationship with Kaja?

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

4. What is Ragnar's ambition?

5. Why does Hedda tell Tesman she burned the manuscript?

6. What does Ragnar ask of Solness, since his father is close to death?

7. How does Hedda end up with Lovborg's manuscript?

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

9. What imminent threat does Tesman face now that Lovborg has a successful book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In GHOSTS, Oswald and Mrs. Alving cannot escape Captain Alving's sins. Has Mrs. Alving contributed to their problems by not being truthful with Oswald, Pastor Manders, Regine, or the community? Are the characters ultimately able to escape their pasts? How is this theme echoed in some of the other works in the collection?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of personal will in THE MASTER BUILDER. Which characters believe they can will events into existence? How have these wills affected their lives/pasts/presents? In a way, could Solness's death be a punishment from God for trying to control his own destiny?

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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