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A Doll's House Teaching Unit
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- How do the differences between appearance and reality shown in the play contribute to the rising action?
- What elements cause this play to be considered realistic rather than romantic?
- Give examples of the use of foreshadowing in the play and explain how it helps or impedes the rising action.
- Give examples of the uses of irony in the play and explain how they contribute to the overall effect.
- There are several father figures in the play: Mrs. Linde’s father, Dr. Rank’s father, Anne Marie’s child’s father, Nora’s father, Torvald as father, Krogstad as father. There are also several mother fi gures: Mrs. Linde, Anne Marie, Nora. Compare and contrast Ibsen’s portrayal of the roles of mothers and fathers in their children’s lives.
- Nora uses the word “wonderful” many times, from talking about money (p.15) at the beginning to talking about her marriage (p.81) at the end. Explain how her use of the word illustrates her transition from a “doll” to a woman.
- Trace Nora’s transition from dependence to independence. Evaluate her fi nal situation. Has she gained more or lost more? How has this occurred? Cite examples from the play to support your opinion.
- Evaluate Torvald’s, Nora’s, Christine’s and Krogstad’s concepts of honor. Do you agree with any of them about what is and is not honorable?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.