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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. From where are Tesman and Hedda returning?

2. What does Julle do as soon as she enters the room in the beginning of the first act?

3. In Act 2, who are the two people expected to be visiting the Tesman home in the evening?

4. What do Julle and Tesman discuss as a strong ability of Tesman's?

5. What did Tesman tell Brack about Tesman and Hedda's trip?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Hedda give Brack for her marrying Tesman?

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

3. What does Hedda give Lovborg as a keepsake as he leaves her house in Act 3?

4. In the beginning of Act 2, shortly after discussing their financial constraints, what does Tesman return home with?

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

6. What does Lovborg tell Mrs. Elvsted when he sees her the morning after the party at Brack's?

7. What does Tesman ask of Hedda shortly after Julle leaves in Act 1? What does Hedda reply?

8. What does Mrs. Elvsted liken the manuscript to?

9. Despite it's great reception, what does Lovborg say about the book of his that was recently published? What about the next one?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a full analysis comparing and contrasting the two characters of Mrs. Elvsted and Hedda.

Part 1: Compare and contrast the motives, personalities, the effects of their actions, the fears, and other attributes of the two characters. How are they alike and how are they different? Does one embody what the other needs? How?

Part 2: What point do you think Ibsen was trying to get through to the audience by putting these two women in contrast with each other? Is there a greater message about femininity or the female role he is trying to bring up by putting these two women in contrast with each other? What would that be?

Essay Topic 2

The importance of perspective is important in the telling of any story. Clearly, Hedda Gabler is told from Hedda's perspective. Write an essay about how the actions and happenings of the play might have looked very different from the perspective of the other characters.

Part 1: Tell how the story, and specifically Hedda's actions, would have looked from the perspective of Lovborg, Tesman, Mrs. Elvsted, and Brack. How different do her actions seem to the different characters?

Part 2: Would any of them have understood her motives? Who, amongst the other characters would be most likely to understand her reasons for the various things she does. Would anyone have not only understood, but appreciated them? Would anyone have simply not understood at all and been entirely confused had they known all her actions?

Part 3: What would the other characters have thought about her final act of taking her own life? Give a brief summary of how Lovborg, Tesman, Mrs. Elvsted, and Brack would react to and view Hedda's suicide.

Essay Topic 3

"Hedda Gabler" is the maiden name of the character we meet in the play as "Hedda Tesman". However, we often hear her referred to by other characters as "Hedda Gabler" and the play itself is named HEDDA GABLER.

Part 1: What do you think was Ibsen's purpose in this? Is he making her connection to her father, or her unmarried life, stronger than her connection to her husband? We see many contrasts between Hedda's maiden life and her married life, are there any parallel changes in her, or, like her name, is she stuck how she was before getting married?

Part 2: Throughout the play we hear people refer to "Hedda Gabler" with deference and admiration. Hedda was clearly successful at what was expected of her before marriage. What happened? Why is she having such a hard time now? Does Hedda have a way to continue her own legacy, or in the play is she merely the shadow of herself?

Part 3: What role has society played in causing this discrepancy in Hedda's life? Does she have many choices that would lead her to happiness or self fulfillment?

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