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 the nurse tell Esther to help her feel more relaxed during her first shock treatment?

2. Why does Esther dislike Dr. Gordon?

3. What trait does Dr. Nolan say women find attractive in each other?

4. Who does Esther meet at the Widener Library?

5. What happens to Esther after having sex with Irwin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Esther find out about Joan's homosexuality?

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

6. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

7. Describe Irwin

8. What does Dr. Nolan tell Esther to help her feel better about Joan's death?

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

10. What does Dr. Nolan tell Esther about shock treatments in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In The Bell Jar, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select two of the following minor characters to analyze: Doreen, Joan, Buddy Willard, Mrs. Greenwood and Jay Cee. Discuss:

1) the personality (character traits) of this character

2) the relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story

3) the impact of this character on the story line--How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

Essay Topic 3

Friendships have a major impact on Esther's development throughout the novel. Choose two of the women who Esther is friends with and:

1) describe the friendship

2) discuss the impact that this friendship had on Esther

3) analyze what the author is saying about friendships and their importance for women in general.

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

(see the answer keys)

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