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Please select only one of  the questions below and answer.

  • What stereotypical gender roles for men and women exist in a traditional (patriarchal) marriage? How does the play reflect this gendered division of labour? 
  • In your opinion, are these gender roles limiting or fulfilling?
  • In what ways, might these roles be seen as limiting?
  • How have these roles changed over time?
  • What has caused these gender roles to change over time?
  • What is a social problem play? How is “A Doll’s House” a social problem play? What social problem is it dealing with?
  • What are your first impressions of Nora and Torvald (Helmer)?
  • How would you characterize their relationship?
  • What pet names does Helmer have for Nora? What significance do these names have? 
  • What do you make of the detail of Nora eating macaroons? What does this tell us about their relationship?
  • What are Nora and Helmer looking forward to in the new year? How will this change their lives?
  • How is Nora just like her father in Helmer’s opinion?
  • How is this Christmas different than last year’s?
  • Who comes to visit Nora? What are the similiarities and differences in the lives of these two women?
  • What is Nora’s secret? Why does Nora keep a secret from her husband?
  • Where does Nora get the loan? Who is Krogstad?
  • What is Nora’s crime? What laws or social norms has she broken?
  • How is Krogstad able to blackmail Nora?
  • What are the signs that Nora’s facade of happiness is falling apart? 
  • What does Krogstad want from Nora? 
  • Describe Dr. Rank. What are his feelings for Nora? Why does she not ask for Dr. Rank’s help if he’d do anything for her?
  • Why is Rank sick? What does this detail have to do with the themes of the play? 
  •  What is the significance of Nora’s dancing of the Tarantella? What does her dance symbolize?
  •  How are Helmer and Nora’s father similar?  What social norms do they represent? 
  • When reading this act, did you ever think that Nora would kill herself? What evidence is there to suggest she might take her own life or disappear.
  •  Why does she not want to be around the children anymore? 
  • How do Kristine and Krogstad know each other? What is their relationship to one another?
  • Why does Kristine tell Krogstad not to retrieve his letter from Helmer? Is she a good friend to Nora? 
  • What is Helmer’s reaction to Krogtad’s first letter?
  • What is Helmer’s reaction to Krogstad’s second letter? How does this change Nora’s views of her husband?
  • What is Nora’s epiphany about her marriage to Helmer? What is Nora’s epiphany about herself?
  • How has Nora been like a doll to her husband and her father? How does this relate to the title of the play?
  • Why do you think Nora decides to leave her family? Do you agree with her actions?
  • What is so controversial about the ending of the play? Why would audiences be shocked by Nora’s actions?
  • How do Nora’s actions challenge traditional gender roles?
  • Does leaving her husband and children make Nora a bad person? Why/why not?
  • If you wrote a different ending for the play, what would you like to see happen to Nora or to Helmer?
  • In an alternate ending, Ibsen had Nora look at her children in their beds and break down in tears, falling to her knees, rather than leaving out the door. Which ending do you like better? 
  • What would have to happen for Nora to return to Helmer? How would he have to change?
  • Does equality between men and women exist or are we still caught up in unequal gender roles?