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 sort of doctor does Dr. Nolan refer Esther to?

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

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

4. Who is Esther's doctor at the private hospital?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Bell Jar is a thinly veiled autobiography of a period in Sylvia Plath's life. Based on articles read in class about Plath:

1) compare the author's life with Esther's

2) note areas where the author steps away from autobiography. Comment on why she did this.

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

Essay Topic 3

This novel deals with the relationship between talent and mental stability. In your essay:

1) discuss how this relationship plays out in Esther and the other characters

2) state what you think Plath is saying about this relationship

3) comment on Plath's ideas. Is she right? Why or why not?

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

(see the answer keys)

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