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. Which of the following best describes Lenny and Doreen's dancing?

2. What does Esther decide about her relationship with Constantin during their dinner date?

3. What does Constantin ask Esther to do when they go to his apartment?

4. What trait does Buddy have that Esther thinks would make him a good teacher?

5. Why doesn't Esther want her picture taken for the magazine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. How does Jay Cee attempt to cheer Esther up the day of the photo shoot?

5. Why is Esther upset when Buddy tells her he is no longer a virgin?

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

7. Contrast Esther's and Buddy's feelings about his diagnosis

8. What does Esther think makes her a neurotic?

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

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

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

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on her development and:

1) describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Esther

2) discuss the impact of this character on Esther's life and personality

3) discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Esther than others?

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

Essay Topic 3

This novel deals with the relationship between talent and mental stability. In your essay:

1) discuss how this relationship plays out in Esther and the other characters

2) state what you think Plath is saying about this relationship

3) comment on Plath's ideas. Is she right? Why or why not?

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

(see the answer keys)

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