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. How does Dr. Gordon respond to Esther's torn letter to Doreen?

2. Why did Joan say she dated Buddy?

3. Where does Esther tell the sailor she is is from?

4. How long has it been since Esther has slept when she first visits Dr. Gordon?

5. What is unusual about Miss Norris?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the circumstances that led to Joan's hospitalization.

3. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

4. What is the only item that gives Esther pleasure in the hospital? Why?

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

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

7. Describe Irwin

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

9. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

10. Describe the circumstances that led to Esther's hospitalization.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Bell Jar takes place in several different settings. Compare and contrast three of the settings focusing on:

1) describing the setting and Esther's role within it

2) the significance of the setting in Esther's development.

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

Essay Topic 2

What would you have done if you had developed depression as Esther had? Would you have taken the same actions as her? Why? How would your personal experience be different or the same as Esther's?

Essay Topic 3

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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