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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. To whom does Hedda not speak in Act 1 of HEDDA GABLER?

2. What state of mind is Mrs Elvsted in when she arrives?

3. What does Julle do as soon as she enters the room in the beginning of the first act?

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

5. Who are the first two characters to appear in Act 1 of Hedda Gabler?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main question of importance that Lovborg has for Hedda when they are talking in private?

2. At the end of Act 3, what does Hedda say to Lovborg about vine leaves? Why?

3. What reason does Hedda give Brack for her marrying Tesman?

4. What reason does Hedda give Tesman for burning the manuscript?

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

6. 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?

7. What does Brack press Hedda to do regarding Lovborg in the first part of Act 3 of HEDDA GABLER? Why?

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

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

10. How does the title character in HEDDA GABLER feel about motherhood? Do others know or expect her to feel this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is realism in theatrical performances? Think about all the specific limitations and possibilities in realism.

Part 1: Explain what realism is and how it differs from other genres, such as romanticism.

Part 2: As a form of art, what advantages and disadvantages does realism have? Do you think it might be easier or more complex to perform? What about to produce? To write? Support your arguments with reasons and examples.

Part 3: Does it lend itself to some subject matters more than others? Which ones? Why might an author choose realism to best deliver their message? Make sure to use the example of the play HEDDA GABLER in your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

In the play HEDDA GABLER there are two sets of characters that contrast each other. We see Hedda contrasted to Mrs. Elvsted and Tesman to Lovborg. In each case the outside character embodies something that our main character is jealous of.

Part 1: Hedda longs for influence over Lovborg and is intensely jealous of Mrs. Elvsted's success in reforming him. In what very crucial ways is Hedda unlike Mrs Elvsted, and how does this limit her?

Why does Hedda long for influence over Lovborg but not over Tesman? Is Hedda more akin to Tesman or to Lovborg? Do you think Mrs. Elvsted will feel the same way?

Part 2: Tesman is jealous of Lovborg's intellect and ability to write. How are Tesman's and Lovborg's academic works different? Are Tesman and Lovborg competing for the same things with their books, or do they value different consequences of their work?

Part 3: Do Tesman and Hedda handle their jealousy differently? How? What affect does their jealousy have on those around them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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