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 happens to Esther after having sex with Irwin?

2. What does Esther wear to her exit hearing at the asylum?

3. What is unusual about Miss Norris?

4. What field does Joan tell Esther she plans on studying when she returns to college?

5. How does Dr. Gordon respond to Esther's torn letter to Doreen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Irwin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

10. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Romantic relationships have a major impact on Esther's development throughout the novel. Choose two of the men who Esther has relationships with (even short relationships) and:

1) describe the relationship

2) discuss the impact that this relationship had on Esther

3) analyze what the author is saying about romantic relationships and their impact on women in general.

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

Essay Topic 3

The narrator talks about Joan being Esther's double. Compare and contrast these two characters focusing on:

1) their personality traits

2) their progression towards mental illness

3) their progression towards recovery from mental illness.

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

(see the answer keys)

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