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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 is Hedda's state of mind after Julle leaves?

2. Why is the professorship so important to Tesman?

3. How does Hedda feel about the house she lives in?

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

5. What does Julle give to Tesman before she leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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"?

3. In Act 1 of Hedda Gabler, what does Hedda say about her piano? What does Tesman suggest in reply, and how is his suggestion received?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Hedda Gabler's character.

10. What is the one trait of Mrs. Elvsted's that Hedda remembers and characterizes her by?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

For the title character in HEDDA GABLER, having power and influence over someone is of immense importance.

Part 1: Describe Hedda's need for power or influence. Why did she feel it? Was she particular about who she influenced? Was she well meaning in her attempts to influence? Was she responsible with her power?

Part 2: Write an essay about the people in your life that you have influence over and those that have power over you. Discuss the roles of responsibility and power in each relationship. What happens when power is not handled responsibly? What are some of the outcomes of the power or influence in your life and in the life of those around you?

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