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 Mrs. Mole do that makes the nurses put her in her room for dinner?

2. What does Mrs. Bannister discover about Esther one evening?

3. Who does Esther meet at the Widener Library?

4. Why doesn't Esther wash her clothes or bathe?

5. What course of treatment does Joan's first psychiatrist recommend for her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) a definition of "bell jar"

2) the relationship between the bell jar and Esther

3) what the bell jar represents about Esther's character.

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

Essay Topic 2

In The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath provides a commentary on American women. Choose three major scenes or characters from the novel and:

1) describe them as they relate to women

2) explain what you think Plath was trying to say about women through this scene/character.

Be sure to cite 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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