THETR 266:

A Doll's House: Homework Questions



Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in a couple of typed pages. Use one inch margins and double-space with 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)

Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on all sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.

Include a typical MLA header with the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Read the question carefully and be sure to answer all parts of a question completely. Support your assertions with quotes from the play, your text, or other research, cited in MLA style.


1)     State two or more themes in A Doll's House and explain them by referring to the text as specifically as possible. (Remember that a theme is not expressed as a single word, but a complete idea.)

2)     Why has Ibsen included the character of Dr. Rank? What purpose does he serve to the dramatic structure of the piece? In what way do Christine and Krogstad perform similar structural functions?

(Refer to the discussion of dramatic structure in chapter three of your Brockett/ Ball text.)