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. Whose visit to her hospital room angers Esther?

3. Why does Dr. Quinn visit Esther late one night?

4. Why is Esther surprised when the nurse tells her she is moving to Belsize?

5. Why does Esther contact Irwin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

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

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

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

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

10. What does Esther do at Deer Island?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Bell Jar there the author uses recurrent symbolism to represent aspects of Esther's story. Select two of the following symbols ( mirrors, water, babies, the bell jar) and:

1) describe how the author uses this symbol at at least two points in the story

2) discuss what the symbol represents about Esther at that point in the story

3) discuss what the overall message the author is trying to send about Esther using this symbol.

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

Essay Topic 2

The Bell Jar is a thinly veiled autobiography of a period in Sylvia Plath's life. Based on articles read in class about Plath:

1) compare the author's life with Esther's

2) note areas where the author steps away from autobiography. Comment on why she did this.

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

Essay Topic 3

Friendships have a major impact on Esther's development throughout the novel. Choose two of the women who Esther is friends with and:

1) describe the friendship

2) discuss the impact that this friendship had on Esther

3) analyze what the author is saying about friendships and their importance for women in general.

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

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