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 does Mrs. Mole do that makes the nurses put her in her room for dinner?

2. What is unusual about Miss Norris?

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

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

5. What does Mrs. Bannister discover about Esther one evening?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

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

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

5. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

6. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagine that the novel ended with the hospital review board telling Esther she must stay at the asylum for additional treatment. Write an essay:

1) critiquing their decision (Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?)

2) arguing for the appropriate type of treatment she should receive in the hospital based on her previous experiences.

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

Essay Topic 2

Esther's family live has a subtle but important effect on the changes that she undergoes throughout the novel. Discuss:

1) Esther's family dynamics

2) the impact of Esther's family life on her personal life

3) how Esther's life would have been different if both of her parents had been alive.

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) a definition of "bell jar"

2) the relationship between the bell jar and Esther

3) what the bell jar represents about Esther's character.

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

(see the answer keys)

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