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 bothers Esther about the article "In Defense of Chastity"?

2. What does Esther do to prevent Marco from raping her?

3. What does Buddy tell Esther she will want to abandon once she has children?

4. What is keeping Esther from telling Buddy that she has no intention of marrying him?

5. Who is Esther "cursed" to have had to eat breakfast with in the hotel cafeteria?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Esther's opinion of Betsy?

5. What does Esther think makes her a neurotic?

6. Compare Constantin and Buddy.

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

8. Why does Marco attack Esther?

9. Who are Frankie and Lenny?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What would you have done if you had developed depression as Esther had? Would you have taken the same actions as her? Why? How would your personal experience be different or the same as Esther's?

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