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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. Which of the following best describes Mrs Elvsted's marriage?

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

3. When Tesman and Brack first invite Lovborg to Brack's party, what does Lovborg do?

4. What is the only thing that Mrs Elvsted knows about the woman whose shadow stands between her and Lovborg?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What leverage does Brack acquire over Hedda?

4. What do Julle and Tesman allude to when they talk about Hedda "filling out"? How does Hedda feel about it?

5. What is the only thing that Mrs. Elvsted knows about the woman from Lovborg's past?

6. What is Mrs. Elvsted's state of mind when she first enters the Tesman household? Why?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the play HEDDA GABLER, Lovborg is inspired by Mrs. Elvsted and reforms his life for her. Despite this, he says she is "stupid" in interpersonal matters that he discusses freely with Hedda. Indeed, Mrs. Elvsted, like Tesman, seems blind to much of the social happenings going on around her. Write an essay about these four characters and discuss how they inspire and motivate each other.

Part 1: Why is Hedda inspired by Lovborg? Why does Hedda long for influence over Lovborg but doesn't care for the influence she has over Tesman? How are Hedda and Lovborg alike? How are they different?

Part 2: How are Mrs. Elvsted and Tesman alike? In what way is this a strength and in what way are their similarities a weakness?

Part 3: Why is Lovborg inspired by Mrs. Elvsted, but Hedda is not inspired by Tesman? Is the difference in Lovborg and Hedda or in Mrs. Elvsted and Tesman?

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

In the play HEDDA GABLER, the title character feels her marriage and subsequent motherhood is a trap that limits her ability to pursue what she really wants in life. The other characters around her feel very differently. Write a complete analysis of marriage and parenthood in regards to the characters in the play. Discuss how each one sees and is affected by marriage and parenthood, the value they place on it, and how much it rules their life.

Part 1: Discuss Hedda's reasons for choosing marriage. Why did she opt to marry a man she does not love? What were her other options? What outside influences may have affected her decision?

Part 2: How does Hedda feel about her marriage now that she is in it? Parenthood is right around the corner for Hedda. How does she feel about that?

Part 3: The other characters in the play feel very differently than Hedda about marriage and parenthood. Does Mrs. Elvsted feel differently about her marriage than Hedda feels about hers? How does Tesman feel about his marriage? Aunt Julle? How does Brack feel about marriage?

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