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 did Lovborg go after he was at Brack's?

2. What reason does Hedda give Lovborg for not following through on a threat she made a long time ago?

3. When does Hedda do with Lovborg's manuscript when she hears the maid admit Lovborg into the house?

4. At the end of Act 2, what does Hedda confess to Mrs Elvsted that she wants out of the whole situation?

5. What does Tesman confess to feeling about Lovborg's book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The play HEDDA GABLER is rife with symbolism and foreshadowing.

Part 1: Define symbolism and foreshadowing in pieces of literature such as HEDDA GABLER. What is the difference between the two literary techniques? How might an author use them? Why would an author use them?

Part 2: Discuss Ibsen's use of both these techniques in the play, citing as many examples of each as you can. Explain each one, and what you think Ibsen was trying to convey. Why did he choose that particular object as a symbol? Make your essay as thorough and complete as you can.

Essay Topic 3

What is realism in theatrical performances? Think about all the specific limitations and possibilities in realism.

Part 1: Explain what realism is and how it differs from other genres, such as romanticism.

Part 2: As a form of art, what advantages and disadvantages does realism have? Do you think it might be easier or more complex to perform? What about to produce? To write? Support your arguments with reasons and examples.

Part 3: Does it lend itself to some subject matters more than others? Which ones? Why might an author choose realism to best deliver their message? Make sure to use the example of the play HEDDA GABLER in your arguments.

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