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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 item in Hedda and Tesman's house has been moved out of view in the beginning of Act 2 of HEDDA GABLER?
2. What does Tesman ask Berte to put away for him?
3. What does Lovborg want Tesman to see?
4. From their conversation, what can one infer about Brack and Hedda in Act 2?
5. What did Julle buy in honor of Hedda?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who was Hedda Gabler before she married Tesman? What was her life like?
2. What does Mrs. Elvsted liken the manuscript to?
3. What does Lovborg say the only option open to him now is? How does Hedda respond?
4. What does Hedda tell Lovborg that other people may think if Lovborg continued to refuse to drink at all?
5. What is the only thing that Mrs. Elvsted knows about the woman from Lovborg's past?
6. At the end of Act 3, what does Hedda say to Lovborg about vine leaves? Why?
7. What does Brack press Hedda to do regarding Lovborg in the first part of Act 3 of HEDDA GABLER? Why?
8. What worry of Tesman's does Lovborg quickly alleviate?
9. In Act 2 of HEDDA GABLER, Hedda tells Lovborg that her not daring to shoot him when their previous friendship ended was an act of cowardice, for fear of a scandal, but that it was not her greatest act of cowardice that evening. What do you think she is alluding to as her greatest act of cowardice?
10. How does the title character in HEDDA GABLER feel about motherhood? Do others know or expect her to feel this way?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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 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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