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. How does Esther get from Lenny's apartment to the Amazon?

2. What causes Esther's skiing accident?

3. What faux pas does Esther make with the bellman when she first arrives at the Amazon?

4. Where do Buddy and Esther go after the Yale Junior Prom?

5. What does Esther think may have caused Buddy's TB?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Marco give Esther his diamond stick pin?

2. Describe the Amazon.

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

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

5. Why does Marco attack Esther?

6. Describe Irwin

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

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

9. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

10. Who are Frankie and Lenny?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Bell Jar is a commentary on the mental health system in the US. In your essay:

1) describe how the mental health system appears in the novel

2) discuss what Plath is saying about the system.

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

Essay Topic 2

Throughout The Bell Jar, Esther moves between the present and the past. Select three of the flashback scenes and:

1) describe what happens in each of these scenes

2) discuss the significance of each scene in Esther's life

3) discuss how the flashback scene relates to the "present" time scene it is embedded in.

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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