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 Esther ultimately decide she will do to commit suicide?

2. Which of the following is NOT a privilege given to residents of Belsize?

3. Who is Joan having an affair with at the asylum?

4. What field does Joan tell Esther she plans on studying when she returns to college?

5. What concern about her future does Buddy express to Esther?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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