The Bell Jar Test | Final 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 notice about the people outside of the hospital?

2. According to Dr. Nolan, how often will Esther need to have shock treatments?

3. Why does Esther contact Irwin?

4. What keeps Esther from committing suicide with the cord from her mother's robe?

5. What does Joan find in a magazine that shocks Esther?

Short Essay Questions

1. What keeps Esther from drowning herself at the beach?

2. What thoughts consume Esther after finding out she must have shock treatments?

3. What do the voices in Esther's head tell her as she sits in the park contemplating suicide?

4. Characterize Esther's behavior in the psychiatric wards of the hospitals

5. Describe Esther's feelings about the women living in Belsize

6. How does Esther feel as she is waiting to enter her exit hearing?

7. What news does Esther expect Dr. Nolan to give her after her insulin reaction? What news does she actually give her?

8. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

9. How is Esther's shock treatment experience at the private hospital different than the one she had with Dr. Gordon?

10. Describe Esther's feelings as she visits the gynecologist.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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