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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. How does Esther get from Lenny's apartment to the Amazon?

2. What causes Esther's skiing accident?

3. What faux pas does Esther make with the bellman when she first arrives at the Amazon?

4. Where do Buddy and Esther go after the Yale Junior Prom?

5. What does Esther think may have caused Buddy's TB?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Amazon.

3. Describe Buddy's letter to Esther (that is waiting for her when she gets home).

4. How does Esther change from the beginning to the end of this chapter?

5. Why does Marco attack Esther?

6. Describe Irwin

7. Why does Esther decide to take a bath when she returns to her hotel?

8. What is Esther's standing joke with her grandfather about caviar?

9. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

10. Who are Frankie and Lenny?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In The Bell Jar there the author uses recurrent symbolism to represent aspects of Esther's story. Select two of the following symbols ( mirrors, water, babies, the bell jar) and:

1) describe how the author uses this symbol at at least two points in the story

2) discuss what the symbol represents about Esther at that point in the story

3) discuss what the overall message the author is trying to send about Esther using this symbol.

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

Essay Topic 2

In The Bell Jar, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select two of the following minor characters to analyze: Doreen, Joan, Buddy Willard, Mrs. Greenwood and Jay Cee. Discuss:

1) the personality (character traits) of this character

2) the relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story

3) the impact of this character on the story line--How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

Essay Topic 3

Friendships have a major impact on Esther's development throughout the novel. Choose two of the women who Esther is friends with and:

1) describe the friendship

2) discuss the impact that this friendship had on Esther

3) analyze what the author is saying about friendships and their importance for women in general.

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

(see the answer keys)

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