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. When does Esther say she found out Buddy was a hypocrite?

2. Why does Esther begin reading Finnegan's Wake?

3. What does Esther resolve to do during her summer at home?

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

5. What marks the end of Esther's relationship with Eric?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Buddy tell Esther about losing his virginity?

3. According to Esther, what is her mother's opinion of her interest in becoming a writer or editor?

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

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

6. Describe the article that Esther's mother gives her from Reader's Digest ("In Defense of Chastity").

7. Why does Marco attack Esther?

8. Why is Esther so enamored with the rich foods she is served at the Ladies' Day luncheon?

9. Why is Esther surprised when Buddy comes to visit her at college?

10. How does Esther convince the college to exempt her from the chemistry course requirement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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