Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the setting of Ghosts.
Ghosts is set in the late 19th century in the spacious parlor of the country estate of the Alving family, near one of the large fjords of Western Norway.
2. Why is Mrs. Alving building a memorial?
Mrs. Alving is building an orphanage in the area as a memorial to her late husband, who died from a venereal disease. The orphanage is almost complete, and the dedication ceremony will take place the following day.
3. How was Mrs. Alving's husband a sham?
Though Mrs. Alving's husband was considered a hero and a civic leader, his life was in fact a sham. He was nothing more than a drunken womanizer and the success of the estate is due to Mrs. Alving's hard work and management skills.
4. What does Mrs. Alving want her son Oswald to inherit?
The money Mrs. Alving used to purchase the land and build the orphanage is exactly the amount her husband had when she married him. "That was my purchase price," she says. She wants their child, Oswald, to inherit only what she has been able to earn using her own ingenuity.
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