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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Ilona tell Hofmiller he needs to be nice to Edith?
(a) They have to appease her to keep her from having more outbursts.
(b) She always hates herself after she throws a tantrum.
(c) He will miss her while she's away at the sanitarium.
(d) She doesn't have long to live.

2. When Edith wants to show Hofmiller what she is capable of, what does she attempt to climb over?
(a) A large pile of discarded furniture.
(b) The stall in a barn.
(c) A balcony.
(d) The garden wall.

3. After Edith's fall, where does Hofmiller go first?
(a) To his barracks.
(b) To Dr. Condor's house.
(c) To a tavern.
(d) To the train station.

4. How does Edith feel after Hofmiller tells her about his financial condition?
(a) She is embarrassed because he buys her such nice flowers.
(b) She doesn't believe he's telling the truth.
(c) She is sympathetic and offers him money.
(d) She is angry that he hasn't told her this before.

5. What does Hofmiller learn about the family's upcoming plans?
(a) They are going to get a new doctor for Edith and fire Dr. Condor.
(b) They are planning a dinner in his honor.
(c) They are planning a party for Edith's birthday.
(d) They are leaving in 10 days to pursue the new treatment.

Short Answer Questions

1. Once he is aware of her love for him, what is Edith afraid Hofmiller will do?

2. What is the mood at the castle when Hofmiller arrives the morning after telling Kekesfalva about the new cure ?

3. During their day trip, why do Hofmiller and the family stop on the way to their destination?

4. Realizing the predicament his lies have caused, what does Hofmiller decide to do?

5. What does Hofmiller want to do about his lie regarding the new treatment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hofmiller think it's his fault that Edith has fallen in love with him?

2. Why is Hofmiller so willing to go to war after Edith's death?

3. What happens at the end of the book to make Hofmiller realize he'll never be free of his guilt?

4. Why does Hofmiller not admit that he has exaggerated the potential for the new treatment to cure Edith?

5. Why does Dr. Condor think that if Hofmiller runs away from his situation with Edith, he will essentially be committing murder?

6. Why does Hofmiller initially refuse Kekesfalva's request that he marry Edith in return for Kekesfalva giving him his entire fortune?

7. At one point in the book's last section, Hofmiller believes he has resolved his dilemma by agreeing to marry Edith if she recovers from her disability, believing that it will never be an issue because she won't recover. What does Edith do to burst his bubble?

8. Why does Hofmiller think Balinkay is a good person to seek out for advice on his situation?

9. Why does Hofmiller see suicide as the only solution to his problems?

10. How might Hofmiller have resolved his situation during his visit to the castle, after seeing the family's excitement about the potential new treatment?

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