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. Why does Esther contact Irwin?

2. Where will Esther live after leaving the asylum?

3. How does Esther learn of the circumstances that led to her rescue from the basement?

4. What does the nurse tell Esther to help her feel more relaxed during her first shock treatment?

5. Why does Esther's mother bring her roses?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

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

3. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

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

5. Describe Irwin

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

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

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

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

10. How does the private hospital staff compare to those at the public hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The Bell Jar is often considered a "coming of age" story. In your essay:

1) describe Esther's journey from adolescence into adulthood

2) describe and comment on the events in her life that help her transition between adolescence and adulthood

3) discuss how successful her transition was. Is she an adult at the end of the novel? Why or why not?

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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