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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Henrik Ibsen.

Part 1: Write a brief biography of Henrik Ibsen. When and where did he live? What was his life like?

Part 2: What was the society that Ibsen lived in like? What parts of it influenced his writing? Did he have any message about societal norms that he tried to express in his plays?

Part 3: Discuss Henrik Ibsen's works. Was his work well received? What reaction did the society of his time have to his works? Was his work influential in theater as we know it? How?

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 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?

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