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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 threaten to do to Berte in Act 1 of Hedda Gabler?

2. What is the one thing that Hedda says she has an aptitude for?

3. What part of Mrs Elvsted does Hedda find "irritating"?

4. What is the book Tesman is working on about?

5. What instrument makes its first appearance in Act 1 of Hedda Gabler?

Short Essay Questions

1. Despite it's great reception, what does Lovborg say about the book of his that was recently published? What about the next one?

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

3. How did Hedda enjoy her honeymoon with Tesman?

4. What does Hedda mean at the end of Act 2 when she tells Mrs. Elvsted that at ten o'clock Lovborg will return "with vine leaves in his hair"?

5. Describe the incident with the hat in Act 1 of Hedda Gabler.

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

7. When Julle and Tesman discuss Hedda, what do they usually focus on?

8. When Brack adds his own account of the night of the party to Hedda, where does he reveal that Lovborg has gone that Tesman was unaware of?

9. What is the bad news that Brack divulges to Tesman that causes Tesman distress? Why does it cause Tesman distress?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The importance of perspective is important in the telling of any story. Clearly, Hedda Gabler is told from Hedda's perspective. Write an essay about how the actions and happenings of the play might have looked very different from the perspective of the other characters.

Part 1: Tell how the story, and specifically Hedda's actions, would have looked from the perspective of Lovborg, Tesman, Mrs. Elvsted, and Brack. How different do her actions seem to the different characters?

Part 2: Would any of them have understood her motives? Who, amongst the other characters would be most likely to understand her reasons for the various things she does. Would anyone have not only understood, but appreciated them? Would anyone have simply not understood at all and been entirely confused had they known all her actions?

Part 3: What would the other characters have thought about her final act of taking her own life? Give a brief summary of how Lovborg, Tesman, Mrs. Elvsted, and Brack would react to and view Hedda's suicide.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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