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 Dr. Quinn visit Esther late one night?

2. What does Esther notice about the people outside of the hospital?

3. Why doesn't Esther wash her clothes or bathe?

4. Why does Dr. Nolan restrict Esther's visitors?

5. Which of the following is NOT a privilege given to residents of Belsize?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What would you have done if you had developed depression as Esther had? Would you have taken the same actions as her? Why? How would your personal experience be different or the same as Esther's?

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