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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 sets up Ekdal's son in his business?

2. Relling says Gregers used to talk about what constantly?

3. Why does Hedwig say she enjoys staying home from school?

4. What is happening in the house at the beginning of the play?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gregers say in response to Hjalmar's response to Werle's impending blindness?

2. How does Gregers say he knows about his father's affair while his mother was still alive?

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

4. What does Old Ekdal ask Hjalmar to do with him, and how does Hjalmar respond?

5. What does Gregers suggest Hedwig do to prove her love to her father?

6. How does Hjalmar feel when he realizes that Hedwig might not be his own daughter?

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

8. What does Hjalmar say when he hears that his wife did have an affair with Werle?

9. What does Hjalmar say to Gregers about Hedwig's eyes?

10. What does Werle offer Gregers while they are speaking in Hjalmar's house, and how does Werle respond to this offer?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Hjalmar changes a lot through the course of this book. Please compare and contrast Hjalmar's character at the beginning of the book with Hjalmar's character at the end of the book.

Essay Topic 3

Fear is a common theme throughout this book that is presented a number of times by a number of characters. What are some of these instances, and how does fear affect the characters in the book?

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