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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 Topic 1
In the play HEDDA GABLER, the title character feels her marriage and subsequent motherhood is a trap that limits her ability to pursue what she really wants in life. The other characters around her feel very differently. Write a complete analysis of marriage and parenthood in regards to the characters in the play. Discuss how each one sees and is affected by marriage and parenthood, the value they place on it, and how much it rules their life.
Part 1: Discuss Hedda's reasons for choosing marriage. Why did she opt to marry a man she does not love? What were her other options? What outside influences may have affected her decision?
Part 2: How does Hedda feel about her marriage now that she is in it? Parenthood is right around the corner for Hedda. How does she feel about that?
Part 3: The other characters in the play feel very differently than Hedda about marriage and parenthood. Does Mrs. Elvsted feel differently about her marriage than Hedda feels about hers? How does Tesman feel about his marriage? Aunt Julle? How does Brack feel about marriage?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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