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. What does Hedda suggest that Lovborg do beautifully?

2. What does Hedda threaten, again, to do to Mrs. Elvsted?

3. Where did Tesman get Lovborg's manuscript?

4. In Act 3, after Brack leaves, what does Hedda do?

5. What does the letter from Julle tell Tesman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write a full analysis comparing and contrasting the two characters of Mrs. Elvsted and Hedda.

Part 1: Compare and contrast the motives, personalities, the effects of their actions, the fears, and other attributes of the two characters. How are they alike and how are they different? Does one embody what the other needs? How?

Part 2: What point do you think Ibsen was trying to get through to the audience by putting these two women in contrast with each other? Is there a greater message about femininity or the female role he is trying to bring up by putting these two women in contrast with each other? What would that be?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the complexities and challenges of developing the plot in HEDDA GABLER and other similar plays.

Part 1: The entire play happens in one room in the Tesman household over two days. Are there advantages and disadvantages in choosing such a limited stage setting? What difficulties does it present and what might it simplify? What affect does an entire play in one room have on the audience?

Part 2: In the play HEDDA GABLER, Ibsen uses various techniques to make the play flow despite the limited setting and lack of a narrator or asides. How did Ibsen develop his characters? How did he give his audience the information they needed to understand who everyone was? What techniques did he use to help his characters seem natural? How did the action of the play get conveyed to the audience?

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