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

2. What does the nurse tell Esther to help her feel more relaxed during her first shock treatment?

3. How do the women in Belsize know they will be having shock treatments?

4. Why does Esther visit the cemetery?

5. Why does Esther compare her photo with that of a dead girl published in the paper?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Irwin

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

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

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

At the end of The Bell Jar, Esther is about to be released from the asylum. Write an essay discussing:

1) whether or not she is ready to leave the hospital

2) what the future holds for her

3) how you think she'll do in the "real world".

Use specific examples from the novel to come up with and support your ideas.

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