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

2. What does Tesman bring home with him in the second act of HEDDA GABLER?

3. What is Hedda's state of mind after Julle leaves?

4. What does Mrs Elvsted ask of Tesman in Act 1 of Hedda Gabler?

5. What is the one thing that Hedda says she has an aptitude for?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Hedda and Aunt Julle get along?

2. An incident happened at Diana's that ended with the police being summoned. What was that incident?

3. When Lovborg leaves at the end of Act 3 what does Hedda do? What does she say while she does it?

4. In Act 1 of Hedda Gabler, what does Hedda say about her piano? What does Tesman suggest in reply, and how is his suggestion received?

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

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

7. What does Hedda learn from Mrs.1Elvsted when they speak alone in Act I of Hedda Gabler that Mrs Elvsted had concealed from Tesman?

8. What is the financial situation of the newly married couple?

9. Describe Hedda Gabler's character.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about suicide.

Part 1: Discuss different views of someone taking their own life. Has it ever been acceptable or condoned? Do different cultures see it differently? In what circumstances has it been seen as acceptable or even advisable?

Part 2: What are your own views on someone taking their own life? Is there any circumstance that it is understandable or ok?

Part 3: In the play HEDDA GABLER, is Hedda's final act a liberating act of courage or a cowardly avoidance? How does Hedda see it?

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

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?

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