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 Valerie have scars on her head?

2. What is unusual about Miss Norris?

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

4. Why does Esther dislike Dr. Gordon?

5. Where will Esther live after leaving the asylum?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Irwin

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

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

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

8. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

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

10. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Bell Jar takes place in several different settings. Compare and contrast three of the settings focusing on:

1) describing the setting and Esther's role within it

2) the significance of the setting in Esther's development.

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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