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 does Dr. Quinn visit Esther late one night?

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

3. What does Esther tell her mother after the treatment that makes her feel relieved?

4. Why did Joan say she dated Buddy?

5. Why does Esther dislike Dr. Gordon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

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

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

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

7. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

As The Bell Jar develops, so does the main character's mental illness. In your essay:

1) describe the progression of her illness

2) describe and explain the "red flags" that showed she was getting increasingly worse

3) comment on the role that the other characters played in her deterioration.

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

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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