The Bell Jar Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is the only man that Esther ever considered losing her virginity to?

2. Who is the only girl working at the magazine who does not get sick?

3. How many children does Dodo Conway have?

4. What is Esther's first reaction when Buddy proposes to her?

5. How does Esther feel about the cadavers that Buddy shows her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mrs. Ockenden?

2. Describe the birth scene that Esther and Buddy witness from Esther's point of view

3. What news does Mrs. Greenwood deliver to Esther when she picks her up from the train station? How does Esther react?

4. Describe what runs through Esther's head when she and Constantin are visiting the UN.

5. Describe Esther and Hilda's conversation at breakfast.

6. Describe Jay Cee (from Esther's perspective)

7. Describe the movie that the girls go to see from Esther's point of view

8. Why does Marco give Esther his diamond stick pin?

9. How does Buddy react when Esther falls while skiing?

10. Compare Constantin and Buddy.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator talks about Joan being Esther's double. Compare and contrast these two characters focusing on:

1) their personality traits

2) their progression towards mental illness

3) their progression towards recovery from mental illness.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Esther's family live has a subtle but important effect on the changes that she undergoes throughout the novel. Discuss:

1) Esther's family dynamics

2) the impact of Esther's family life on her personal life

3) how Esther's life would have been different if both of her parents had been alive.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

As The Bell Jar develops, so does the main character's mental illness. In your essay:

1) describe the progression of her illness

2) describe and explain the "red flags" that showed she was getting increasingly worse

3) comment on the role that the other characters played in her deterioration.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

(see the answer keys)

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