The Ghost Sonata Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is Hummel going to the play with?

2. What does the old man say he cannot do?

3. Who appears behind the colonel's daughter?

4. What does the boy first feel when he sees the colonel's daughter?

5. Why does the old man ask the student who he was talking to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Johansson think it is too late to the help the student?

2. What disaster happened in Stockholm the evening before?

3. How does Amelia take control of the situation?

4. Who arrives at the dinner party?

5. Why does Amelia say she stays in the closet?

6. What does Jacob tell the Colonel about the Colonel's family name?

7. How does Jacob say he can help the student?

8. Why does Jacob say he is at the dinner?

9. Why is the Hyacinth Room also called the room of ordeals?

10. How does the play end?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss August Strindberg's life. In what way is his life and personality is reflected in the play? In what ways is he like or unlike his characters?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the play's dialogue. How does the author's dialogue contribute to the following areas:

1) Character

2) Setting

3) Plot

Essay Topic 3

How does the play resemble a sonata? What meaning does the sonata structure give the play?

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