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 led Joan to run away from home?

2. Who is Esther's next door neighbor in the hospital once her room is moved "up front"?

3. What trait does Dr. Nolan say women find attractive in each other?

4. Who "rescues" Esther from the public hospital?

5. Who is Esther's doctor at the private hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Irwin

6. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

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

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

9. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Throughout The Bell Jar, Esther moves between the present and the past. Select three of the flashback scenes and:

1) describe what happens in each of these scenes

2) discuss the significance of each scene in Esther's life

3) discuss how the flashback scene relates to the "present" time scene it is embedded in.

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

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