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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 Act 2, why does Julle send word she will not be visiting Hedda and Tesman that evening?
2. What are Mrs Elvsted's plans for the future?
3. What does Tesman thank Brack for when Brack arrives at the house for the first time in Act 1?
4. In the second act, what do we learn about the hat incident?
5. What is the one thing that Hedda says she has an aptitude for?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act 4, what does Brack tell everyone at the Tesman household happened to Lovborg? What did he tell Hedda was the truth when he was alone with her?
2. How did Hedda enjoy her honeymoon with Tesman?
3. What is the financial situation of the newly married couple?
4. What do Tesman and Mrs. Elvsted decide they must do for Lovborg, and what does Mrs. Elvsted have that makes this possible?
5. What is the one trait of Mrs. Elvsted's that Hedda remembers and characterizes her by?
6. What leverage does Brack acquire over Hedda?
7. Despite it's great reception, what does Lovborg say about the book of his that was recently published? What about the next one?
8. What does Hedda tell Lovborg that other people may think if Lovborg continued to refuse to drink at all?
9. What reason does Hedda give Tesman for burning the manuscript?
10. When Lovborg leaves at the end of Act 3 what does Hedda do? What does she say while she does it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the play HEDDA GABLER there are two sets of characters that contrast each other. We see Hedda contrasted to Mrs. Elvsted and Tesman to Lovborg. In each case the outside character embodies something that our main character is jealous of.
Part 1: Hedda longs for influence over Lovborg and is intensely jealous of Mrs. Elvsted's success in reforming him. In what very crucial ways is Hedda unlike Mrs Elvsted, and how does this limit her?
Why does Hedda long for influence over Lovborg but not over Tesman? Is Hedda more akin to Tesman or to Lovborg? Do you think Mrs. Elvsted will feel the same way?
Part 2: Tesman is jealous of Lovborg's intellect and ability to write. How are Tesman's and Lovborg's academic works different? Are Tesman and Lovborg competing for the same things with their books, or do they value different consequences of their work?
Part 3: Do Tesman and Hedda handle their jealousy differently? How? What affect does their jealousy have on those around them?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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