The Wild Duck Test | Mid-Book 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. According to the servants, why has Ekdal gone to jail.?

2. Who reminds Hjalmar to get back to work when he becomes distracted in Act 3?

3. When Gina hears about the tenants' having been invited to her house, about what does she worry?

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

5. Hjalmar is worrying about what medical condition with his daughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gina say she had an affair with Werle while working for him?

2. What does Gregers tell Hjalmar he would like to be after hearing about what wounded ducks do?

3. Hedwig worries about what when her father goes out drinking, and how does Gregers respond?

4. What does Hjalmar ask Hedwig to do when she comes on stage for the first time in Act 3?

5. How does this play begin?

6. What does Hjalmar admit to Gregers when they are alone in the room?

7. What news does Hjalmar give Gina when she returns from shopping, and how does she react to this?

8. What is the first thing Hjalmar does when he returns from his walk with Gregers?

9. The servants gossip about what while toasts are being made in the dining room?

10. How does Relling say Hjalmar and Molvik are similar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shame and propriety are common themes throughout this book. What are some of the instances where these themes are present, and why are they so important to the characters involved?

Essay Topic 2

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the book, and what causes these changes?

Essay Topic 3

Security and safety are two themes that are touched upon a number of times throughout the course of this book. What are some of these instances, and how does they affect the characters in these scenes?

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