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

2. Who is Joan having an affair with at the asylum?

3. Where does Esther wake up at the start of this chapter?

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

5. Why does Dr. Nolan arrive early at Esther's room one day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Esther's encounter with the sailor

5. Describe Irwin

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

The Bell Jar takes place in several different settings. Compare and contrast three of the settings focusing on:

1) describing the setting and Esther's role within it

2) the significance of the setting in Esther's development.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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