Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Write an essay about the complexities and challenges of developing the plot in HEDDA GABLER and other similar plays.
Part 1: The entire play happens in one room in the Tesman household over two days. Are there advantages and disadvantages in choosing such a limited stage setting? What difficulties does it present and what might it simplify? What affect does an entire play in one room have on the audience?
Part 2: In the play HEDDA GABLER, Ibsen uses various techniques to make the play flow despite the limited setting and lack of a narrator or asides. How did Ibsen develop his characters? How did he give his audience the information they needed to understand who everyone was? What techniques did he use to help his characters seem natural? How did the action of the play get conveyed to the audience?
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.
The play HEDDA GABLER was first published in 1890. Write an essay about the world as it was then.
Part 1: What was the society and culture like that first received the play HEDDA GABLER? What, in his society, was like ours and what was different? What aspects have changed but still show influence after all these years?
Part 2: What aspects of his culture influenced Henrik Ibsen to write the play HEDDA GABLER? What message was he trying to send with his plays? Was there a part of society that he felt was unjust and reacted to in his work?
Part 3: How well was his work and his message received? Did most of his society accept and agree with his message or was it controversial? Why?
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