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Stefan Zweig
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens at the second dinner that makes Hofmiller feel especially happy and powerful?
(a) He is able to entertain the women and sees that Kekesfalva notices.
(b) Kekesfalva invites him to go on vacation with the family.
(c) All the women want to dance with him.
(d) The Lt. Colonel offers him a promotion.

2. Why does Dr. Condor tell Hofmiller the details about Kekesfalva's past?
(a) He wants Hofmiller to understand Kekesfalva better and not believe any gossip he might hear from others.
(b) It makes him feel important to have so much private information to share with Hofmiller.
(c) Kekesfalva asked him to fill Hofmiller in on his background.
(d) He enjoys gossip and thinks Hofmiller might like it also.

3. How much was Dietzenhof's estate actually worth?
(a) It was considered priceless.
(b) It was worth about six times the amount Kekesfalva quoted to her.
(c) It was worth about half the amount Kekesfalva quoted to her.
(d) It was worth about three times the amount Kekesfalva quoted to her.

4. In his own introduction to the book, where does Zweig say the story came from?
(a) It is a true story told to him by the main character.
(b) He based it on a parable his parents told him as a child.
(c) It is a translation of an earlier book by a Japanese author.
(d) It is a true story based on his own life.

5. When Hofmiller imagines Edith cured of her disability, what does he picture her doing?
(a) Galloping on horseback and greeting him at the door when he arrives to visit.
(b) Walking down the aisle at her wedding.
(c) Dancing and going for long walks beside the river.
(d) Running happily through fields of flowers.

6. What does Hofmiller see as the only negative aspect of the time he spends with Kekesfalva and his family?
(a) The servants are not attentive enough.
(b) Edith's angry outbursts whenever there is a suggestion that she needs help.
(c) Neither Edith nor Ilona seem to be interested in him.
(d) Edith and Ilona seem to be competing for his attention and affection.

7. After Kekesfalva speaks privately to Hofmiller about talking to Dr. Condor, what is Edith's mood when the two men return to the house?
(a) She is angry and demands to know what they've been discussing.
(b) She is cheerful and happy that Hofmiller has come for dinner.
(c) She is excited that Hofmiller is going to ask Dr. Condor about her prospects for improvement.
(d) She seems to suspect that they've been talking about her, and she's quiet and moody for the rest of the evening.

8. After they are alone following dinner at the castle, what does Dr. Condor tell Hofmiller he finds frustrating about Kekesfalva?
(a) He doesn't seem to respect Dr. Condor's medical opinions.
(b) He doesn't seem to take an interest in Edith's condition.
(c) When Dr. Condor arrives for appointments, Kekesfalva often isn't there.
(d) He pesters him constantly about Edith, asking the same questions over and over.

9. Why does Hofmiller continue exaggerating about the new treatment's promise?
(a) He hopes that he'll benefit financially if he finds a cure for Edith.
(b) He has been diagnosed as a compulsive liar.
(c) He finds the fact that Kekesfalva is hanging on his every word intoxicating.
(d) Dr. Condor asked him to make the treatment sound more promising than it actually is.

10. Why is Hofmiller so pleased about Kekesfalva's request that he speak to Dr. Condor about Edith?
(a) He has wanted to meet Dr. Condor for a long time and is happy for this opportunity.
(b) It shows that Kekesfalva has faith in him.
(c) He wants to take advantage of the opportunity to ask Dr. Condor about his own medical complaints.
(d) He hopes to learn more about the doctor's relationship with the family.

11. How did Kekesfalva change after getting married?
(a) He tried to erase traces of his past, got baptized and changed his name.
(b) He began staying out late at night, drinking with his friends.
(c) He became abusive toward his wife.
(d) He confessed all his previous misdeeds to his new bride.

12. What does Kekesfalva tell Hofmiller about Dr. Condor's marriage?
(a) He says the Condors are the happiest couple he knows.
(b) He says Mrs. Condor was dating him first and Dr. Condor stole her away from him.
(c) He says Mrs. Condor is unaware that Dr. Condor is having an affair with his nurse.
(d) He says Dr. Condor married his wife out of pity because she is blind.

13. Is Dr. Condor actively pursuing a cure for Edith?
(a) Yes, he has just received funding for a new research project he is conducting in his own lab.
(b) Yes, he is planning a trip to the United States to pursue some new possibilities.
(c) No, he has no hope of a cure, but has not told the family how he feels.
(d) Yes, he is trying to get in touch with a doctor who has a promising new treatment for paralysis.

14. After Dietzenhof completed the sale of the property without realizing Kekesfalva was the actual buyer, what caused him to begin to feel guilty about taking advantage of her?
(a) She began to suspect that he had tricked her.
(b) She told him how often other people had taken advantage of her.
(c) She said she needed as much money as she could get to take care of her disabled child.
(d) She offered to pay him for all his help.

15. How does Edith react when Josef, the butler, comes to take her for her exercises?
(a) She refuses to go with him.
(b) She asks Hofmiller to go with her and help with the exercises.
(c) She flies into a rage and insists on walking by herself although it's very difficult.
(d) She insists that a wheelchair be brought.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hofmiller feel after learning about Kekesfalva's past?

2. Hofmiller realizes that during all his visits to the castle, he has failed to ask what he considers the most natural of questions. What is the question?

3. What does Hofmiller do after Kekesfalva apologizes for Edith's behavior?

4. When Kekesfalva asks Hofmiller about his conversation with Dr. Condor regarding Edith's condition, what does Hofmiller say at first?

5. While riding a train one night, Kekesfalva overheard a conversation about Princess Orosvar. What had her lifestyle been like during the last years of her life?

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