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. Why did Joan say she dated Buddy?

2. Where does Esther have Irwin drive her to?

3. How do the women in Belsize know they will be having shock treatments?

4. What treatment does Dr. Gordon suggest for Esther?

5. According to Dr. Nolan, how often will Esther need to have shock treatments?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagine that the novel ended with the hospital review board telling Esther she must stay at the asylum for additional treatment. Write an essay:

1) critiquing their decision (Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?)

2) arguing for the appropriate type of treatment she should receive in the hospital based on her previous experiences.

Cite several 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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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