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. Why has a medical student been assigned to deliver the woman's baby on the day Esther and Buddy visit the hospital?

2. When does Esther say she found out Buddy was a hypocrite?

3. Why does Esther feel depressed when she returns to the Amazon?

4. What course does Esther convince her college dean to exempt her from taking?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Esther and Hilda's conversation at breakfast.

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

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

6. What is Eric's philosophy on sexual relationships?

7. Compare Constantin and Buddy.

8. Describe the birth scene that Esther and Buddy witness from Esther's point of view

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath provides a commentary on American women. Choose three major scenes or characters from the novel and:

1) describe them as they relate to women

2) explain what you think Plath was trying to say about women through this scene/character.

Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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