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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 Gina add to her grocery list at the beginning of Act 2?

2. What does Molvik do when Ekdal shows them the rabbit skin?

3. Hjalmar warns the person he has asked to finish his work to be careful of what?

4. Which of the following is NOT an animal kept in the house by Old Ekdal?

5. How old is Hjalmar's daughter at the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Relling tell Gregers NOT to do when he learns that Gina's affair has been uncovered?

2. What sickness does Relling say Gregers has?

3. What does Hjalmar do when he returns to the room after the strange noise is heard in the back room?

4. What does Relling say to Gregers about Hedwig's death?

5. What do ducks do when they are wounded?

6. What does Hjalmar tell Gina and Hedwig about the party?

7. Why does Relling think Gregers is so eager to make Hjalmar live by the Ideal?

8. Why does Mrs. Sorby say her relationship with Werle will be so strong?

9. What does Hjalmar say about the animals in the back room at the beginning of Act 4?

10. Immediately after Ekdal leaves, Gregers confronts his father about what? What is Werle's response to this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many characters in this book are persuaded to do things that they would not have done of their own accord. What are some of these instances, and how does persuasion affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

With which character do you most relate in this book? Why is this? How does this character change throughout the book?

Essay Topic 3

Molvik is a minor character whose presence makes a big difference in the plot. How does he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if he had not been in the book at all?

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