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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 does Hedda dream of convincing Tesman to do?

2. What does the letter sent in Act 1 of HEDDA GABLE propose to do?

3. What does Lovborg want Tesman to see?

4. Who does Tesman invite over to their house for evening in Act 1 of HEDDA GABLER?

5. Why are people concerned about Rina?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Hedda enjoy her honeymoon with Tesman?

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

4. Where was Lovborg and what was he doing when the gun went off and killed him?

5. Who was Hedda Gabler before she married Tesman? What was her life like?

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

7. How do Hedda and Aunt Julle get along?

8. In Act 2 of HEDDA GABLER, what do we learn about the hat incident of Act I that was not divulged to us at the time?

9. 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?

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

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

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 3

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?

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