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. What disheartens Esther the most about Jay Cee's suggestions for bolstering her career?

2. What does Constantin say is the most difficult aspect of simultaneous translation?

3. What keeps Esther and Doreen from attending the magazine party?

4. Which of the following does NOT adorn the waiting room at the sanatorium?

5. Why won't Esther let Doreen come into her room when she returns from Lenny's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what runs through Esther's head when she and Constantin are visiting the UN.

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

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

4. Describe Buddy's first visit to Esther's college

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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