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 does Esther find outside of her door the morning after Doreen came home drunk?

2. What does Esther do when she returns to the Amazon the night that Marco attacks her?

3. What does Esther do to help herself feel better after the botched night with Doreen and Lenny?

4. How does Buddy characterize poetry?

5. What is Esther's first reaction when Buddy proposes to her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Esther's opinion of Betsy?

3. Describe the Amazon.

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

5. What happens on the hill behind the chemistry lab at Yale?

6. Why is Esther surprised when Buddy comes to visit her at college?

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

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

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

10. What does Esther think makes her a neurotic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Esther's family live has a subtle but important effect on the changes that she undergoes throughout the novel. Discuss:

1) Esther's family dynamics

2) the impact of Esther's family life on her personal life

3) how Esther's life would have been different if both of her parents had been alive.

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

Imagine that the novel ended with the hospital review board telling Esther she must stay at the asylum for additional treatment. Write an essay:

1) critiquing their decision (Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?)

2) arguing for the appropriate type of treatment she should receive in the hospital based on her previous experiences.

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

(see the answer keys)

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