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. For Esther the world is divided along the lines of---

2. What is the first thing that Esther notices about Marco?

3. What does Esther tell Frankie her name is?

4. What does Esther do when she returns to the Amazon the night that Marco attacks her?

5. What course keeps Esther from considering a major in English?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the sanatorium where Buddy is receiving treatment for TB.

4. Compare Constantin and Buddy.

5. 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?

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

7. What activities does Esther consider taking up after finding out she was not accepted into the writing course?

8. Describe the Amazon.

9. Describe the story that Esther reads in the short story book from the Ladies' Day magazine

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Bell Jar is written from Esther's first person point of view. Write an essay examining the novel's point of view focusing on:

1) the narrator's bias

2) the amount of information given based on this point of view

3) comment on how the novel would be different if it was told from a different point of view.

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

(see the answer keys)

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