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

2. What does Hedda tell Brack about her trip with Tesman?

3. What does Lovborg want Tesman to see?

4. From their conversation, what can one infer about Brack and Hedda in Act 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lovborg tell Mrs. Elvsted he did with the manuscript? Why does he tell her this?

2. Why didn't Tesman tell anyone he had Lovborg's manuscript? What were his plans with it?

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

4. How did Hedda enjoy her honeymoon with Tesman?

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

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

7. How do Hedda and Aunt Julle get along?

8. What does Hedda give Lovborg as a keepsake as he leaves her house in Act 3?

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

10. The morning after the party at Brack's house, what is the situation like at the Tesman household?

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 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 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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