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 Esther compare her photo with that of a dead girl published in the paper?

2. How long has it been since Esther has slept?

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

4. Why does Buddy Willard visit Esther in the asylum?

5. Why does Esther visit the cemetery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

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

3. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the circumstances that led to Joan's hospitalization.

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

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

In The Bell Jar, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select two of the following minor characters to analyze: Doreen, Joan, Buddy Willard, Mrs. Greenwood and Jay Cee. Discuss:

1) the personality (character traits) of this character

2) the relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story

3) the impact of this character on the story line--How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

Essay Topic 3

The Bell Jar is often considered a "coming of age" story. In your essay:

1) describe Esther's journey from adolescence into adulthood

2) describe and comment on the events in her life that help her transition between adolescence and adulthood

3) discuss how successful her transition was. Is she an adult at the end of the novel? Why or why not?

Be sure to cite specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

(see the answer keys)

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