A Doll’s House is a three-act play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.
The play is significant for the way it deals with the fate of a married woman, who at the time in Norway lacked reasonable opportunities for self-fulfillment in a male-dominated world, despite the fact that Ibsen denies it was his intent to write a feminist play.
The play aroused a great sensation at the time, and caused a “storm of outraged controversy” that went beyond the theatre to the world newspapers and society
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A Doll’s House Quotes and Questions
Answer these questions taking into account your point of view and the information found in the book. Provide the most insightful answer that you can give.
- HELMER: But this is disgraceful. Is this the way you neglect your most sacred duties?
- NORA: What do you consider is my most sacred duty?
- HELMER: Do I have to tell you that? Isn’t it your duty to your husband and children?
- NORA: I have another duty, just as sacred.
- HELMER: You can’t have. What duty do you mean?
- NORA: My duty to myself.”
- What’s the duty of a man?
- What’s the duty of a woman?
- Where do those ideas come from?
“From now on, forget happiness. Now it’s just about saving the remains, the wreckage, the appearance”
- What does happiness mean to you?
- Where does your definition of happiness come from?
- What makes you happy?
- Can your definition of happiness change?
“I believe that before anything else I’m a human being — just as much as you are… or at any rate I shall try to become one. I know quite well that most people would agree with you, Torvald, and that you have warrant for it in books; but I can’t be satisfied any longer with what most people say, and with what’s in books. I must think things out for myself and try to understand them.”
- Do my purpose in life should be the one that is held by the majority?
- Accepting the majority and what book says vs deciding for myself? Pick one and why
“I am afraid, Torvald, I do not exactly know what religion is. … When I am away from all this, and am alone, I will look into that matter too. I will see if what the clergyman said is true, or at all events if it is true for me.”
- Why would Tovard use religion to make Nora stay?
- Why would Nora say if it is true for me?
No debt, no borrowing. There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt. Oh well, one can’t have anything in this life without paying for it.
- Is money essential to be happy?
- Is there anything that’s free in life? If so, Can you tell me what that is?
It gives me great pain, Torvald, for you have always been so kind to me, but I cannot help it. I do not love you any more.
- What’s love? is love something subjective? Can love be objective?
- Do you need to have children to be happy?
- Do you need to be married to be happy?
- Why do people want to get married and have children?
Goodbye. [She goes out through the hall.]
- If you were Norah , What would you do next? What would his happy ending be?
- If you were Tovard, What would you do and change?
- What’s your purpose in life?
- Could your purpose change?
- Do you think life is easy and beautiful or messy and complicated or a Little bit of both?
NORA: “How painful and humiliating it would be for Torvald, with his manly independence, to know that he owed me anything!” (1.197)
- How is chauvinism examplified in the play?
- NORA: “Tell me, is it really true that you did not love your husband? Why did you marry him?”
- MRS. LINDE: “My mother was alive then, and was bedridden and helpless, and I had to provide for my two younger brothers; so I did not think I was justified in refusing his offer.” (1.136-1.137)
- What do you think about love in this situation?
NORA: “You know how devotedly, how inexpressibly deeply Torvald loves me; he would never for a moment hesitate to give his life for me.” (2.189)
- Do you think that Torvald would give his life for Norah?
Free. To be free, absolutely free. To spend time playing with the children. To have a clean, beautiful house, the way Torvald likes it.
- What do you think about the way that Norah thinks about freedom?
I have been performing tricks for you, Torvald. That’s how I’ve survived. You wanted it like that. You and Papa have done me a great wrong. It’s because of you I’ve made nothing of my life
- . What do you think are Norah’s major regrets?
I must make up my mind which is right – society or I.”
- Does society dictates what you think or is it you?
“Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa’s doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls.”
- Is the type of family repeating itself in our society?
A Doll’s House: Multiple Choice Questions
These are some multiple choice questions based on A Doll’s House
How does Krogstad convince Nora to put in a good word for him?
- By blackmailing her
- By describing his talents
- By describing Mrs. Linde’s faults
- By offering to loan her money
Krogstad visits the Helmers to
- borrow money
- catch up on old times
- secure his position at the bank
- seek the doctor’s advice
Nora saves her husband’s life by
- attending the party
- borrowing money
- calling Mrs. Linde
- putting out a fire
What does Nora do at the end of the play?
- Commit suicide
- Leave Torvald
- Run away with Dr. Rank
- Run away with Krogstad
What is the sweet that Nora is forbidden to eat?
- candy canes
- fruit cakes
How does Dr. Rank inform Nora that he has reached the final stages of his illness?
- he leaves a black cross on his visiting card
- he tells her while they are dancing
- he asks Torvald to tell her
- he sends her a note
Krogstad has gotten a bad reputation because of a scandal in which he allegedly________________
- stole money from the bank
- destroyed valuable bank documents
- forged a signature
- blackmailed a coworker at the bank
Which one of these does Nora not explicitly question at the end of the play?
- her father’s love
- the love of her children
- her marriage
To what country did Torvald need to travel for his health?
Which of the following nicknames is not a nickname Torvald uses for Nora?
- Silly girl
Whom did Mrs. Linde abandon for a richer man?
- Dr. Rank
- Her nanny’s father
Whose signature did Nora forge?
- Her father’s
- Her daughter’s
With whom is Dr. Rank secretly in love?
- Mrs. Linde
During what holiday is the play set?
- All Hallow’s Eve
- New Year’s
How does Torvald learn about Nora’s forgery?
- Krogstad’s letter informs him
- Mrs. Linde tells him
- He overhears a conversation between Dr. Rank and Nora
- Nora tells him
What is the last thing the audience of A Doll’s House hears?
- A door slamming
- A gunshot
- A train whistle
- A dog barking
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