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. What does Gregers call the back room while talking about the wild duck?

2. Why does Hedwig say the wounded duck is the most important thing in the back room?

3. Why has Werle asked his son to come home at the beginning of the book?

4. About what does Werle's son get mad at his father after Ekdal leaves?

5. What does Relling call Old Ekdal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Hjalmar do the last two time Hedwig ever tries to approach him?

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

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

6. What history is shared by the servants about Old Ekdal?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hjalmar endures many different trials before the end of the book. What are some of these trials, and what lessons does he learn through these experiences?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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