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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. In the second act, what do we learn about the hat incident?

2. What item in Hedda and Tesman's house has been moved out of view in the beginning of Act 2 of HEDDA GABLER?

3. What two events does Tesman accidentally schedule for the same time?

4. What does Hedda claim she has to keep her entertained at the end of Act 1 of HEDDA GABLER?

5. What is the book Tesman is working on about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hedda does two things in Act 1 that make Julle uneasy. What are they, and why did they make Julle uneasy?

2. What does Hedda tell Lovborg that other people may think if Lovborg continued to refuse to drink at all?

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

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

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

6. Other than her dialogue, what are Hedda's two final actions in the play HEDDA GABLER?

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

8. What does Hedda reveal to Brack about the house that Tesman does not know?

9. Why does Lovborg not accompany Mrs. Elvsted home as promised the day before?

10. In Act 2 of HEDDA GABLER, Hedda tells Lovborg that her not daring to shoot him when their previous friendship ended was an act of cowardice, for fear of a scandal, but that it was not her greatest act of cowardice that evening. What do you think she is alluding to as her greatest act of cowardice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that discusses the challenges of changing the setting of a play.

Part 1: What options does someone have if they choose to retell a play in a different setting? What things can be changed and the play still stay recognizable? What is important to keep in tact?

Part 2: Bring up some examples of literature or theatrical works that have been retold in a modernized or alternative way. How successful have they been? What have they changed and what have they kept? Were they more or less effective than the traditional version? Why?

Part 3: In your mind, are there benefits or detriments to this practice? Is it bringing classical stories to the masses and giving them fresh life or is it vandalizing something beautiful?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Write a full analysis comparing and contrasting the two characters of Tesman and Lovborg.

Part 1: Compare and contrast their abilities, their weaknesses, their strengths, their motives and other attributes of the two characters. Discuss both their personal and professional aptitudes.

Part 2: What point do you think the author was trying to make by contrasting them?

Part 3: The character Hedda is clearly the center of the play and these two men act as a way for us to see more about Hedda. What does each one tell us about her? How do they each shed light on the nuances of her character?

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