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

2. What does Mrs. Tomollilo do that gets her placed in the psychiatric ward?

3. Why does Valerie have scars on her head?

4. What does Esther always have with her as she walks around Belsize?

5. What course of treatment does Joan's first psychiatrist recommend for her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Esther's feelings as she visits the gynecologist.

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the circumstances that led to Esther's hospitalization.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Bell Jar is written from Esther's first person point of view. Write an essay examining the novel's point of view focusing on:

1) the narrator's bias

2) the amount of information given based on this point of view

3) comment on how the novel would be different if it was told from a different point of view.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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