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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. Which of the following best describes Mrs Elvsted's marriage?

2. From their conversation, what can one infer about Brack and Hedda in Act 2?

3. When Tesman and Brack first invite Lovborg to Brack's party, what does Lovborg do?

4. What is the only thing that Mrs Elvsted knows about the woman whose shadow stands between her and Lovborg?

5. What does Julle give to Tesman before she leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Tesman and Hedda discuss at the end of Act 1 of HEDDA GABLER that causes severe disappointment to Hedda?

2. The morning after the party at Brack's house, what is the situation like at the Tesman household?

3. What leverage does Brack acquire over Hedda?

4. What do Julle and Tesman allude to when they talk about Hedda "filling out"? How does Hedda feel about it?

5. What is the only thing that Mrs. Elvsted knows about the woman from Lovborg's past?

6. What is Mrs. Elvsted's state of mind when she first enters the Tesman household? Why?

7. Describe the incident with the hat in Act 1 of Hedda Gabler.

8. What does Brack press Hedda to do regarding Lovborg in the first part of Act 3 of HEDDA GABLER? Why?

9. What does Lovborg say the only option open to him now is? How does Hedda respond?

10. Why didn't Tesman tell anyone he had Lovborg's manuscript? What were his plans with it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the play HEDDA GABLER, all the characters surround the title character and in their own way add to the entrapment that she feels. Write an essay detailing the trap that Hedda ultimately feels she must escape at any cost, and the role each of the surrounding characters played in the trap.

Part 1: What role did society play in creating the situation that Hedda finds herself in? What other paths were available to her that she could have chosen that would not have left her feeling so limited?

Part 2: What role did Hedda play in creating the trap for herself? Does she have weaknesses that keep her from happiness? What attributes might she have that would have kept her from feeling this way?

Part 3: All the other characters in the play, including her unborn child, aid in tightening the trap around Hedda. Discuss how the actions of each of the other characters affect Hedda and cause her to feel constantly more trapped.

Essay Topic 2

The play HEDDA GABLER is rife with symbolism and foreshadowing.

Part 1: Define symbolism and foreshadowing in pieces of literature such as HEDDA GABLER. What is the difference between the two literary techniques? How might an author use them? Why would an author use them?

Part 2: Discuss Ibsen's use of both these techniques in the play, citing as many examples of each as you can. Explain each one, and what you think Ibsen was trying to convey. Why did he choose that particular object as a symbol? Make your essay as thorough and complete as you can.

Essay Topic 3

In the play HEDDA GABLER, Hedda is distraught about the loss of power she has over her own life. She confesses to marrying because Tesman could take care of her and wasn't ridiculous. The society she lives in gives her few choices about her life, and the only option she has is to marry despite the fact that she quite clearly does not want a family. Write an essay about the roles and responsibilities of society and the individual.

Part 1: Hedda ends up by destroying both a brilliant man and herself. Was she a pawn to an unjust society or careless and self centered?

Part 2: Given the society that Hedda lived in, and her fear of scandal, what options did she have to avoid the loveless marriage she found herself in? What opportunities might there have been for a lady of wealth and intelligence to maintain a semblance of her lifestyle if she chose not to marry?

Part 3: Does this understanding make her character more understandable and tragic? Is Hedda's behavior at all justified by the times and society that she lived in? Why or why not?

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