Beware of Pity Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Stefan Zweig
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Page 34 through 76..

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Hofmiller perceive Edith after their first two meetings?
(a) He finds her dull and boring.
(b) He sees her as an invalid who needs to be comforted and protected.
(c) He is immediately attracted to her and wants to court her.
(d) He thinks she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen.

2. How does Edith react when Hofmiller asks her to dance?
(a) She is horrified and begins to sob.
(b) She ignores him.
(c) She is delighted by the attention being paid to her.
(d) She gives him a shy smile and turns away.

3. Although Hofmiller is torn about whether or not he wants to continue seeing Edith and her family, what precipitates his decision to return to their home?
(a) He makes a date with Ilona and goes to the house to pick her up.
(b) He is walking past the house and Kekesfalva sees him and invites him to come in.
(c) He receives another dinner invitation and is told that the group will include an official from the War Ministry.
(d) His commanding officer orders him to go.

4. Why does Edith keep secret pictures of dancers?
(a) She hopes to become an artist.
(b) She loved dancing before her accident.
(c) Her father doesn't approve of the pictures, so she keeps them hidden.
(d) She sells them to make extra money.

5. According to the book's introduction by Joan Acocella, why was the author, Stefan Zweig, so interested in the inner workings of the human mind?
(a) He was trained as a psychiatrist.
(b) He read a great deal about psychology.
(c) He was a friend of Sigmund Freud.
(d) His father was a psychiatrist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Hofmiller so confused by the range of emotions Edith and her family brings forth in him?

2. What happens at the second dinner that makes Hofmiller feel especially happy and powerful?

3. When Ilona asks Hofmiller why he did not come to the castle, what lie does he tell her?

4. What aspect of Hofmiller's background makes him especially grateful for the warm welcome he continues to receive at the Kekesfalva's home?

5. How does Edith find out that Hofmiller had been playing cards rather than inspecting a horse when he failed to show up at the castle?

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