Beware of Pity Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Hofmiller say he joined the military?
(a) His career was forced on him.
(b) He hoped to become a general.
(c) He was drafted.
(d) It was his lifelong ambition.

2. What aspect of Hofmiller's background makes him especially grateful for the warm welcome he continues to receive at the Kekesfalva's home?
(a) He has been raised in an orphanage, so he begins to think of Kekesfalva as a father figure.
(b) He has been brought up in a wealthy home, so he feels comfortable and at ease with the family's wealth.
(c) His parents are servants of a wealthy family, so he likes turning the tables by having servants wait on him.
(d) He has been brought up in military institutions, so he loves the homey feeling of their house and family.

3. How does Dr. Condor describe Kekesfalva's background?
(a) He grew up in a German orphanage.
(b) He was born into a family with royal connections.
(c) He was the only child of wealthy parents.
(d) He grew up as a poor Jew named Leopold Kanitz.

4. Why is Hofmiller uncomfortable when he first arrives at the dinner party?
(a) He is dressed inappropriately.
(b) He doesn't like the food that is being served.
(c) He arrives late and doesn't know any of the other guests.
(d) He arrives an hour early.

5. What does Dr. Condor tell Hofmiller is his chief concern about the Kekesfalva family?
(a) He is concerned that Edith spends too much time alone.
(b) He is worried about Kekesfalva's deteriorating health.
(c) He thinks Edith is getting worse and soon will be confined to a wheelchair.
(d) He thinks Ilona isn't a good influence on Edith.

6. What happens when Hofmiller arrives at the castle to thank Kekesfalva for the dinner invitation?
(a) The family is not at home.
(b) The family is offended and rescinds his dinner invitation.
(c) He is turned away because he doesn't have an appointment.
(d) Kekesfalva invites him to stay for tea.

7. How does Hofmiller feel after learning about Kekesfalva's past?
(a) He is anxious to share the information with his friends because it will increase their esteem for him.
(b) He is appalled to learn that his friend had been so deceitful as a young man.
(c) He is bored and not very interested in learning more about Kekesfalva.
(d) He is ashamed that he has never asked Kekesfalva about his background and how he had acquired his wealth.

8. 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?
(a) She asks his commanding officer and he tells her the truth.
(b) Hofmiller admits it to her.
(c) Her father calls his barracks and someone tells him where Hofmiller is.
(d) She sends her chauffeur to find out where he is.

9. After asking Hofmiller to talk to Dr. Condor about Edith, why does Kekesfalva want to rush back to the house?
(a) He doesn't want to be late for dinner.
(b) He is afraid Edith will be suspicious about what they'd been talking about.
(c) Edith has not been feeling well and he doesn't want to leave her alone too long.
(d) He is expecting other guests and needs to get back in time to greet them.

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

11. According to the introduction, in what way did Zweig's life mirror that of his main character, Hofmiller?
(a) He named the character after his brother.
(b) They shared similar taste in books.
(c) He married a very young, very naïve secretary.
(d) He was also an army officer.

12. When telling him about the potential treatment for Edith, what does Hofmiller finally end up promising Kekesfalva?
(a) He promises that he'll take care of Edith if Kekesfalva dies.
(b) He promises that Edith will get well very soon.
(c) He promises that he'll accompany Edith to France so she can get the new treatment.
(d) He promises that he'll marry Edith.

13. What does Kekesfalva do after getting into his car, as he and Hofmiller are saying goodbye after their conversation about Edith's potential cure?
(a) He tells Hofmiller he cares for him like a son.
(b) He asks Hofmiller to speak with Dr. Condor again and get more information.
(c) He kisses Hofmiller's hands repeatedly.
(d) He invites Hofmiller to accompany him and Edith to France.

14. How does Hofmiller perceive Edith after their first two meetings?
(a) He sees her as an invalid who needs to be comforted and protected.
(b) He finds her dull and boring.
(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.

15. What does his decision to trot instead of gallop make Hofmiller realize about himself?
(a) Edith's condition makes it impossible for him to respect her.
(b) He loves Edith and wants to marry her.
(c) He has lost the respect of his men.
(d) He is undergoing a profound change as a result of his pity for Edith.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Kekesfalva tell Hofmiller about Dr. Condor's marriage?

2. How does the main character, Hofmiller, say his story began?

3. What kind of personality did Dietzenhof have?

4. What is Hofmiller most afraid of when he realizes his blunder in asking Edith to dance?

5. From whom did Kekesfalva learn to read and write?

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