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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. When did Lovborg write his book?

2. What does Hedda threaten to do to Berte in Act 1 of Hedda Gabler?

3. How is Lovborg's book received by the public?

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

5. What do Julle and Tesman discuss as a strong ability of Tesman's?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hedda do to Brack when he approaches at the very beginning of Act 2 of HEDDA GABLER?

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

4. What is Mrs. Elvsted's state of mind when she first enters the Tesman household? Why?

5. What do Tesman and Hedda discuss at the end of Act 1 of HEDDA GABLER that causes severe disappointment to Hedda?

6. Describe Hedda Gabler's character.

7. What does Hedda tell Lovborg that finally does have an impact and he starts to drink? Why does it affect him so?

8. Where did Tesman find Lovborg's manuscript and why didn't he return it at once?

9. What does Lovborg say the only option open to him now is? How does Hedda respond?

10. At the end of Act 1, what is the one thing Hedda says she still has one thing to amuse herself with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on addiction, and the influence in can have in someone's life. Make sure to use the character Lovborg from the play HEDDA GABLER as an example. You may use other examples from your own life as well.

Part 1: Addiction can be a powerful force. Discuss both the power it has over people as well as the power that people can have over it. Make sure to use the character Lovborg from the play HEDDA GABLER as an example and to relate your arguments to the play.

Part 2: Can people control addiction? Discuss the best ways to approach an addiction or a weakness in order to control it. What resources are available to people in order to help them overcome an addiction? What choices do they need to make to ensure their best success? What should they avoid?

Essay Topic 2

In the play HEDDA GABLER, the character of Julle is seen only briefly, but she is mentioned often and has several important roles to play. Write an essay about the need for her character in the play.

Part 1: What many purposes does her character have? Ibsen needs to use her to achieve several things. What are they? Who does her character help to contrast? Who does her character add depth to? Who does she help define?

Part 2: Discuss the importance in general of minor characters that don't play a major role in the plot, and what they often are there to do. Does realism need them more than other genres? What complications for the writer might they help solve?

Essay Topic 3

The character of Hedda Tesman is complex, and has been interpreted in many different ways. Is she a victim of circumstance? Is she a manipulative and selfish evil doer? Perhaps an idealistic dreamer? Is her lashing out early signs of feminism? The final definition of Hedda's character is left to the actress that portrays her, and there have been many variations. How do you see Hedda? Write a full and thorough description of Hedda the way you see her, and the way you would portray her on stage if it were up to you. Develop her character thoroughly, so the reader feels they know her. Support your arguments with examples and details from the play.

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