Hedda Gabler Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Hedda assume that Tesman is?

2. After Mrs Elvsted arrives, what does Lovborg talk about?

3. Which of the following best describe Brack's character?

4. What does Lovborg know after his night at Brack's?

5. What does Hedda claim were her motives in their prior experiences together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the play HEDDA GABLER, the character of Julle is seen only briefly, but she is mentioned often and has several important roles to play. Write an essay about the need for her character in the play.

Part 1: What many purposes does her character have? Ibsen needs to use her to achieve several things. What are they? Who does her character help to contrast? Who does her character add depth to? Who does she help define?

Part 2: Discuss the importance in general of minor characters that don't play a major role in the plot, and what they often are there to do. Does realism need them more than other genres? What complications for the writer might they help solve?

Essay Topic 2

In the play HEDDA GABLER, Hedda is distraught about the loss of power she has over her own life. She confesses to marrying because Tesman could take care of her and wasn't ridiculous. The society she lives in gives her few choices about her life, and the only option she has is to marry despite the fact that she quite clearly does not want a family. Write an essay about the roles and responsibilities of society and the individual.

Part 1: Hedda ends up by destroying both a brilliant man and herself. Was she a pawn to an unjust society or careless and self centered?

Part 2: Given the society that Hedda lived in, and her fear of scandal, what options did she have to avoid the loveless marriage she found herself in? What opportunities might there have been for a lady of wealth and intelligence to maintain a semblance of her lifestyle if she chose not to marry?

Part 3: Does this understanding make her character more understandable and tragic? Is Hedda's behavior at all justified by the times and society that she lived in? Why or why not?

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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