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 did Hedda mention she liked the villa?

2. What does Solness hope will help repair the relationship between him and Aline?

3. Why does Hedda goad Lovborg into going to the party?

4. What does Hedda finally do with the manuscript?

5. Why was Lovborg arrested?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ragnar's ambition?

2. Describe Solness' relationship with Kaja?

3. Why does Hedda refrain from visiting Aunt Rina?

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

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

6. What does Mrs. Elvsted confess to Hedda?

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

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

9. Why is Solness afraid of youth?

10. How did Solness and Aline's children die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the relationship between Nora and Torvald and Mrs. Linde and Krogstad in A DOLL'S HOUSE. Which couple experiences the miracle that Nora has so hoped for? How does Torvald's behavior contribute to Nora's ultimate decision to leave him?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Solness's fear of youth in THE MASTER BUILDER. Why does he refuse at first to give Ragnar any words of praise? Why is he so intrigued when Hilde abruptly enters his life? How has Solness treated Brovik, his original master? What is ironic about Solness' death?

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