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Final Test for "A Doll's House"

by Reuben Lindsey

  • Release Date: February 12, 2019
  • Age Levels: Grade 12
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Multiple Choice:

  • What was the author’s purpose of having Nora slam the door at the end of the play? a. to make a sound effect b. to make a dramatic ending c. to show that she cared about everything d. to show how mad Nora was that Torvald found the letter.
  • Why did the author have Dr. Rank reveal his love for Nora? a. to let her know he cared for her b. to reveal more about Nora’s character c. to break her and Torvald up d. to make the revealing of his death easier for her

True or False:

  • One theme of “A Doll’s House” was the importance of honesty.
  • Mrs. Linde entering the play presents the main source of conflict for Nora.
  • The author made The Helmers a perfect example of what marriages were like in the Victorian era (late 1800’s)
  • One of the main themes of the play are that people are always as they appear to be.
  • Nora’s father was a perfect example of a responsible Victorian man.

Short Answer:

  • Explain the importance of this quote, AND how it is symbolic to other parts of the play. “Not, that is just it. You don’t understand me, and I have never understood you either – before tonight. No, you musn’t interrupt me. You must simply listen to what I say. Torvald, this is a settling of accounts.”
  • Why is this play considered one of the first modern plays?
  • How does disease play a role in the play? Site example and meaning.
  • Explain how Nora’s personality changed from the beginning of the play to the end of the play.
  • A dynamic character is one who is given multiple layers to his personality. Explain how Krogstad is a dynamic character.
  • How does the relationship between Torvald and Nora change at the end of the book?
  • At the end of the play Henrik Ibsen leaves you wondering if Nora actually leaves the house or not. If you could continue the story after Nora slams the door, how would you end it?
  • Compare Torvald’s treatment of Nora to the way women are treated today.
  • Why does Nora compare herself to a doll at the end of the play?
  • The beauty of the decorated Christmas tree contrasts with the bedraggled and stripped look of the tree that follows. How is this symbolic of the play as a whole?
  • Explain whose side you believe Mrs. Linde is on; Krogstad’s or Nora’s.
  • What is Henrik Ibsen’s attitude towards the society of his time period? Explain.


  • Answer ONE of the following essay questions in a formal essay style response.
  • How would the events in the story have unfolded if Nora told Torvald about the IOU right away? Explain.
  • Take into consideration the themes of this play (betrayal, marriage, social status, communication... ect). Clearly state what the author was trying to prove about the theme and explain all the things he did in order to show the theme.
  • Imagine Nora was a high school teacher today. How would she deal with a student who was cheating in class?
  • If the story took place now, what changes would occur in the events of the play? How would this affect the ending?
  • Why do you think Henrik Ibsen named this play A Doll’s House? DO NOT just mention characters, relate the title to situations in the time period as well.


A final assessment for "A Doll's House", with both objective and subjective questions.