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. What does Hedda finally do with the manuscript?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Ragnar's ambition?

5. What does Mr. Brack hint will soon keep Hedda busy, fulfilling her life and abating her incurable boredom?

6. Ultimately, why does Solness finally grant Ragnar's request?

7. Why has Hilde sought Solness out?

8. Why does Hedda burn the manuscript?

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

10. Why is Ejlert unable to return Mrs. Elvsted's love sufficiently?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Solness as a true tragic hero. What is his essential flaw? How is he vulnerable? How is he manipulated by other characters in the play? Can he be blamed for his fate, or is he simply the victim of destiny? Does he bear any similarity to Lovborg in Hedda Gabler? Why or why not?

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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