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. Who has Mrs. Willard promised to introduce Esther to in New York City?

2. Why is Esther shocked when Buddy tells her he is not a virgin?

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

4. Who is missing from the Ladies' Day luncheon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mr. Willard leave Esther alone with Buddy at the sanatorium?

3. Why does Jay Cee want Esther to come into the office instead of attending the fur show?

4. Describe Buddy's first visit to Esther's college

5. What does Esther think makes her a neurotic?

6. Describe the movie that the girls go to see from Esther's point of view

7. How does Jay Cee attempt to cheer Esther up the day of the photo shoot?

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

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

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

At the end of The Bell Jar, Esther is about to be released from the asylum. Write an essay discussing:

1) whether or not she is ready to leave the hospital

2) what the future holds for her

3) how you think she'll do in the "real world".

Use specific examples from the novel to come up with and support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

The narrator talks about Joan being Esther's double. Compare and contrast these two characters focusing on:

1) their personality traits

2) their progression towards mental illness

3) their progression towards recovery from mental illness.

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

Essay Topic 3

The Bell Jar is a thinly veiled autobiography of a period in Sylvia Plath's life. Based on articles read in class about Plath:

1) compare the author's life with Esther's

2) note areas where the author steps away from autobiography. Comment on why she did this.

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

(see the answer keys)

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