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 Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow.   

Krogstad: No matter about that. 

Nora: What do you want of me? 

Krogstad: An explanation of something. 

Nora: Make haste them. What is it? 

Krogstad: You know, I suppose, that I have got my dismissal. 

Nora: I couldn’t prevent it, Mr. Krogstad. I fought as hard as I could on your side, but it was no good. Krogstad: Does your husband love you so little, then? He knows what I can expose you  to, and yet ventures- 

Nora: How can you suppose that he has any knowledge of the sort? 

Krogstad: I didn’t suppose so at all. It would not be the least like our dear Torvalds  

Helmer to show so much courage- 

Nora: Mr. Krogstad, a little respect for my husband, please. 

Krogstad: Certainly — all the respect he deserves, but since you have kept the matter so  carefully to yourself. I make bold to suppose that you have a little clearer idea,  than you had yesterday, of what it actually is that you have done? 


Nora: More than you could ever teach me. 

Krogstad: Yes, such a bad lawyer as I am.  

Nora: What is it you want of me? 

Krogstad: only to see how you were, Mrs Helmer 1 have been thinking about you all day long. A mere cashier, a quill driver, a well, a man like me – even he has a little of what is called feeling, you know. 

Nora: Show it, then; think of my little children. 

Krogstad: Have you and your husband thought of mine? But never mind about that. I only wanted to tell you that you need not take this matter too seriously. In the first place there will be no accusation made on my part. 

Nora: No, of course not; I was sure of that. 

Krogstad: The whole thing can be arranged amicably; there is no reason why anyone should know anything about it. It will remain a secret between us three. Nora: My husband must never get to know anything about it. 

Krogstad: How will you be able to prevent it? Am I to understand that you can pay the balance that is owing? 

Nora: No, not just at present.                         

Krogstad: Or perhaps that you have some expedient for raising the money soon? 

Nora: No expedient that I mean to make use of. 

Krogstad: Well, in any case, it would have been of no use to you. Now if you stood there with ever so much money in your hand, I would never part with your bond. 


  1. Place this excerpt in its immediate context. (4marks)  
  2. What is Krogstad’s attitude towards Helmer? Explain (3marks)  
  3. “You have some expedient for raising the money soon”. Does Nora have an idea on how to raise the money? Explain


  • “Yes, such a bad lawyer I am”. What is the tone of this statement? (2mks) 
  • “Does your husband love you so little then?” How does Helmer’s behavior later in the play bear out Krogstad’ statement? (4marks) 
  • Describe Krogstad’s character as revealed in this excerpt


  • Identify and explain use of irony in this excerpt.  
  • A mere cashier, a quill driver a man like me even he has a little of what is called feelings you know. (Rewrite beginning: Even …) (l mark)  


 Read the excerpt below and then answer the questions that follow.    

Nora:                I didn’t find it dull. 

Helmer:     (smiling)But there was precious little result, Nora. 

Nora: Oh, you shouldn’t tease me about that again. How could I

help the cat’s going in and tearing everything to pieces? 

Helmer:  Of course you couldn’t, poor little girl. You had the best of intentions to please us all, and that’s the main thing. But it is a good thing that our hard times are over. 

Nora:                Yes, it is really wonderful. 


Helmer:                       This time I needn’t sit here and be dull all

alone, and you needn’t ruin your dear eyes and your pretty little hands- 

Nora(clapping her hands) No, Tovald, I needn’t any longer, need I! It’s wonderfully lovely to hear you say so! (taking his arm) Now I will tell you how I have been thinking we ought to arrange things, Torvald. As soon as Christmas is

over- (A bell rings in the hall.) There’s the bell. 

(She tidies the room a little.) There’s someone at the door. What a nuisance

Helmer:    If it is a caller, remember I am not at home. 
Maid:      stranger.  (in the doorway) A lady to see you, ma’am, –a
Nora:       Ask her to come in. 
Maid:      (to Helmer) The doctor came at the same time, sir.  
Helmer:    Did he go straight into my room? 
Maid:           Yes, sir. 


  1. What does Nora refer to in her opening words in this extract? 

                     (2 marks) 

  • What has happened that has made the couple happy?  (2 marks) 
  • Discuss two themes evident in this extract.      (4 marks) 
  • “There’s someone at the door.” Add a question tag   (1 mark) 
  • A lady has come to see Nora as reported by the maid. Who is this lady and how does her coming affect the Helmers from the rest of the play? Write your answer in note form. (6 marks) f)

Discuss one aspect of style in this extract.      (2 marks) 

  • Briefly explain what happens after this extract. (4 marks) 
  • Explain the meaning of the following expressions as used in

        the excerpt.                 (4 marks) 

  1. Tease   ii) Dull  iii) Nuisance 

     iv) A caller  


 Read the excerpt below and then answer the questions that

Nora:       Oh, yes, that one; but this is another. I ordered it. Torvald mustn’t know about it. 
Rank:     Oho! Then that was the great secret. 
Nora:       Of course. Just go in to him; he is sitting in the inner room. Keep him as long as- 
Rank:       Make your mind easy; I won’t let him escape. (Goes into the HELMER’S room) 
Nora:        (to the MAID) And he is standing waiting in the kitchen? 
Maid:    Yes; he came up the back stairs. 
Nora:     But didn’t you tell him no one was in? 
Maid:    Yes, but it was no good. 
Nora:     He won’t go away? 
Maid:    No; he says he won’t until he has seen you, ma’am. 

Nora:                     Well, let him come in-but quietly. Helen, you

mustn’t say anything about it to anyone. It is a surprise to my husband.  


Maid:    Yes, ma’am, I quite understand. (Exit.) 

Nora:  This dreadful thing is going to happen! It will happen in spite of me! No, no, no, it can’t happen-it shan’t happen!  


  1. Place this excerpt in its immediate context.                (4marks) 
  2. What does “it” refer to and what does it reveal about the character of Nora? (3 marks) 
  3. Identify and explain one type of irony in this excerpt. (2 marks) 
  4. Who is being referred to as he and why has he come?  (3 marks) 
  5. Torvald mustn’t know about it. Add a question tag   (1 mark) 
  6. Describe one theme raised in this extract.                  (2 marks)  
  7. What dreadful thing does Nora fear might happen? Explain

        your answer.       (4 marks) 

  • Describe the character of the maid                      (2 marks) 
  • Explain the meaning of the following expressions as used in the excerpt.   (4 marks) 

i) Make your mind easy  ii) I won’t let him escape. 


 Read the excerpt below and then answer the questions that

Krogstad:  Are you sure of that? 
Mrs.   Linde:   Quite sure, but- 
Krogstad: (with a searching look at her) Is that what it all means?-that you want to save your friend at any cost? Tell me frankly. Is that it? 
Mrs             Linde:   Nils, a woman who has once sold herself for another’s sake doesn’t do it a second time. 
Krogstad I will ask for my letter back. 
Mrs   linde:   No, no.  
Krogstad: Yes, of course I will. I will wait here until Helmer comes; I will tell him he must give me my letter back-that it only concerns my dismissalthat he is not to read it- 
Mrs.   Linde:  No Nils, you must not recall your letter. 
Krogstad: But, tell me wasn’t it for that very purpose that you asked me to meet you here? 
Mrs             Linde:  In my first moment of fright, it was. But twenty-four hours have elapsed since then, and in that time I have witnessed incredible things in this house. Helmer

must know all about it. This unhappy secret must 

29 be disclosed; they must have a complete understanding between them which is impossible with all this concealment and falsehood going on.  
Krogstad: Very well, if you take the responsibility. But there is one thing I can do in any case and I shall do it at once. 
Mrs            Linde:   (listening)You must be quick and go! The dance is over; we are not safe a moment longer.  
Krogstad I will wait for you below.  
Mrs   Linde:   Yes, do. You must see me back to my door- 
Krogstad I have never had such an amazing piece of good fortune in my life! 


  1. Explain what has happened before this excerpt.                 

                    (4 marks) 

  • Why does Krogstad say he would ask for his letter back?

        Explain               (3 marks) 

  • “Nils, a woman who has once sold herself for another’s sake doesn’t do it a second time.” Briefly explain what makes Mrs.

        Linde say this?                                    (3 marks) 

  • Identify one-character trait of Mrs. Linde in this extract   

                (2 marks) 

  • What is so surprising in this extract? Explain.                    

 (2 marks) 

  • “But there is one thing I can do in any case and I shall do it at once.” What is it that Krogstad does and how does it affect the rest of the play?      (4 marks) 
  • “I have never had such an amazing piece of good fortune in my life!” Rewrite beginning Never: (1 mark) 
  • What makes Krogstad say that he has never had such good fortune in his life? (2 marks) 
  • Explain the meaning of the following words and phrases as used in the excerpt. (4 marks)  i) At any cost  ii) Recall  iii) Elapsed   iv) Incredible things 


Read the excerpt below and then answer the questions that follow.    

Nora: But it was absolutely necessary that he should not know!

My goodness can’t you understand that? It was necessary he should have no idea what a dangerous condition he was in. It was to me that the doctors came and said that his life was in danger, and that the only thing to save him was to live in the south. Do you suppose I didn’t try, first of all, to get what I wanted as if it were for myself? I told him how much I should love to travel abroad like other young wives; I tried tears and entreaties with him; I told him that he ought to remember the condition I was in, and that he ought to be kind and indulgent to me; I even hinted that he might raise a loan. That nearly made him angry, Christine. He said I was thoughtless, and that it was his duty as my husband not to indulge me in my whims and caprices– as I believe he 

Mrs. Linde: And did your husband never get to know from your father that the money had come from him?
Nora: No, never. Papa died just at that time. I had meant to let him into the secret and beg him never to reveal it. But he was so ill then- alas, there never was any need to tell him 
Mrs. Linde: Good heavens, no!  How could you think so? A man who has such strong opinion about these things! And besides, how painful and humiliating it would be for Torvald, with his

manly independence, to know that he owed me anything! It would upset our mutual relations altogether; our beautiful happy home would no longer be what it is now 

Mrs. Linde:  Do you mean never to tell him about it?    called them. Very well, I thought, you must be saved – and that was how I came to devise a way out of the difficulty – 

Nora: (meditatively and with a half-smile) Yes – someday perhaps, after many years, when I am no   longer as nice-looking as I am now. Don’t   laugh at me!   I  mean, of course , when Torvald is no longer as  devoted to me as he is now; when my dancing  and dressing-up and reciting have paled on him ; then it may be a good thing to have something in reserve – (breaking off)  What nonsense !  That time will never come. Now what do you think of my great secret, Christine?   Do you still think I am of no use?  I can tell you, too, that this affair has caused me a lot of worry.  It has been by no means easy for me to meet my engagements punctually.  I may tell you that there is something that is called, in business, quarterly interest and another thing called payment in installments and it is always so dreadfully difficult to manage them. I have had

to save a little here and there, where I could, you understand. I have not been able to put a side much from housekeeping money for Torvald must have a good table. I could not let my children be shabbily dressed; I have felt obliged to use up all he gave me for them, the sweet little darlings  


  1. Briefly describe what happens before the events in this extract.     (3 marks) 
  2. State and explain any two aspects of style used in this extract.     (4marks) 
  3. How is Mrs. Linde depicted in this extract?                   


  • What is the attitude of Mrs. Linde towards Nora? Explain 


  • Explain how the “imprudence “of Nora later complicates the events of the play. (2 marks) 
  • Who is a shadow character in a play?  In this extract identify one shadow character. What is his/ her significance in the play?       (3marks) 
  • Add a question tag: A wife cannot borrow money without her husband’s consent. (1mark) 
  • Explain the meaning of the following words                 

                                         (4 marks) 

  • Indulgent 
  • Thoughtless 
  • Caprices  
  • Devoted 

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