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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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.

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.

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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