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. Why does Mr. Manzi like Esther so much?

2. How does Buddy characterize poetry?

3. Why does Esther say she would never marry Buddy Willard?

4. Why does Jody call Esther?

5. Why can't Marco marry the woman he is in love with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Esther decide about her friendship with Doreen the night of their visit to Lenny's apartment? What causes her to make this decision?

2. Who are Frankie and Lenny?

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

4. Who is Mrs. Ockenden?

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

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

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

8. Compare Constantin and Buddy.

9. Why does Mr. Willard leave Esther alone with Buddy at the sanatorium?

10. Describe the Amazon.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) a definition of "bell jar"

2) the relationship between the bell jar and Esther

3) what the bell jar represents about Esther's character.

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

Essay Topic 2

Imagine that the novel ended with the hospital review board telling Esther she must stay at the asylum for additional treatment. Write an essay:

1) critiquing their decision (Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?)

2) arguing for the appropriate type of treatment she should receive in the hospital based on her previous experiences.

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

Essay Topic 3

Romantic relationships have a major impact on Esther's development throughout the novel. Choose two of the men who Esther has relationships with (even short relationships) and:

1) describe the relationship

2) discuss the impact that this relationship had on Esther

3) analyze what the author is saying about romantic relationships and their impact on women in general.

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

(see the answer keys)

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