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

2. Why does Dr. Nolan arrive early at Esther's room one day?

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

4. What led Joan to run away from home?

5. What treasure does Esther take with her to solitary confinement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

9. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on her development and:

1) describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Esther

2) discuss the impact of this character on Esther's life and personality

3) discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Esther than others?

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

(see the answer keys)

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