Beware of Pity Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Stefan Zweig
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Hofmiller say he joined the military?

2. The morning following the sale of the property, what surprising move did Kekesfalva make when he went to Dietzenhof's hotel?

3. Why is Hofmiller uncomfortable when he first arrives at the dinner party?

4. Why did Dietzenhof follow Kekesfalva's advice about selling her property without question?

5. When Hofmiller imagines Edith cured of her disability, what does he picture her doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hofmiller's report to Kekesfalva differ from the actual information he was given by Dr. Condor?

2. How does Hofmiller's upbringing lead him to respond when he receives a dinner invitation from Kekesfalva?

3. What is the difference between how Hofmiller initially feels about Ilona and how he feels about Edith?

4. How does Hofmiller's decision to have his men trot rather than gallop their horses reflect the title of the book?

5. When Hofmiller has tea with Edith and Ilona, what does he learn about what caused Edith to become particularly upset about his invitation to dance?

6. In the early weeks of his relationship with the Kekesfalva family, how does Hofmiller's friendship with them affect his relationship with his fellow soldiers?

7. After having a chance to speak with each other privately, how do Hofmiller and Dr. Condor change their initial impressions of each other?

8. How did Kekesfalva trick Dietzenhof with regard to the worth of her property?

9. How did Kekesfalva change after marrying Dietzenhof?

10. Why does Hofmiller flee from Kekesfalva's home after his blunder causes Edith to become upset?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hofmiller's relationship with Herr Kekesfalva and his family begins with a simple dinner invitation, but by the end of the book, it has had a dramatic effect on the lives of all the primary characters. Discuss the evolution of his relationship with the family. Why does it change so quickly? How does Hofmiller's personality lead him into such a complex relationship with the family?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, the reader learns that appearances can be deceiving and things are not always what they seem to be. Discuss this concept, including references to the characters of Dr. Condor, Hofmiller, Edith and Kekesfalva.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role money plays in the lives of Hofmiller, Kekesfalva and Edith. How do their attitudes toward money differ? From where did those attitudes come? How does money affect their relationships with each other?

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