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 Esther do to pay tribute to Joan?

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

3. Why does Dr. Quinn visit Esther late one night?

4. Why does Esther contact Irwin?

5. Other than tabloid magazines, what type of books is Esther able to read?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

5. Describe Irwin

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Bell Jar is written from Esther's first person point of view. Write an essay examining the novel's point of view focusing on:

1) the narrator's bias

2) the amount of information given based on this point of view

3) comment on how the novel would be different if it was told from a different point of view.

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

Essay Topic 2

Esther's family live has a subtle but important effect on the changes that she undergoes throughout the novel. Discuss:

1) Esther's family dynamics

2) the impact of Esther's family life on her personal life

3) how Esther's life would have been different if both of her parents had been alive.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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