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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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 Topics

The play HEDDA GABLER is rife with symbolism and foreshadowing.

Part 1: Define symbolism and foreshadowing in pieces of literature such as HEDDA GABLER. What is the difference between the two literary techniques? How might an author use them? Why would an author use them?

Part 2: Discuss Ibsen's use of both these techniques in the play, citing as many examples of each as you can. Explain each one, and what you think Ibsen was trying to convey. Why did he choose that particular object as a symbol? Make your essay as thorough and complete as you can.

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?

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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