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A STEP BEYOND

STUDY QUESTIONS / QUIZ / TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST

_____ 1. Nora's macaroons symbolize

A. Christmas
B. a secret defiance of Torvald
C. her flirtation with Dr. Rank

_____ 2. In the play we find that Nora

I. doesn't understand the male worlds of money and business
II. has more to do with finance than Torvald knows
III. has been able to save a nice nest egg for her family

A. II and III only
B. I and II only
C. I, II, and III


_____ 3. Ibsen gives us insight into Torvald's character through his

I. delight in travel
II. attitude toward money
III. use of pet names

A. II only
B. I and II only
C. II and III only

_____ 4. One of the play's major themes is

A. women are stronger than men
B. marriage is basically destructive
C. "to thine own self be true"

_____ 5. Inherited "moral sickness" is attributed to

A. Nora and Krogstad
B. Torvald
C. venereal disease

_____ 6. Nora's greatest miracle will be that

A. she can find herself
B. Rank won't die
C. Torvald takes the blame for her forgery

_____ 7. Nora confides her biggest secret to Kristine because

A. Kristine told Nora her secrets
B. Kristine thinks Nora is naive
C. Nora needs help

_____ 8. According to A Doll's House

A. men and women think alike
B. men and women think differently, but both viewpoints are valid
C. women need to learn how to survive in the business world

_____ 9. Nora feels she must die

A. to make clear her own responsibility for the forgery B. because she'll never be free of Torvald C. in order to serve as an object lesson for Torvald

_____ 10. Nora prepares for death by

I. dancing a wild dance
II. writing a farewell letter to Torvald
III. having a banquet

A. I only
B. I and III only
C. I, II, and III

11. Compare and contrast the rise and fall of the two couples: Nora and Torvald; Kristine and Krogstad.

12. What illusions shape Nora and Torvald's lives, and what forces Nora to confront reality?

13. In what ways are each of the other characters' situations similar to and different from Nora's?

14. Discuss the role of heredity and hereditary disease in A Doll's House.

15. Why does Nora have to leave at the end of the play? Will she ever return? Defend your position with evidence from the play.

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