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

2. Why do Hofmiller and Kekesfalva end their conversation about the potential new cure for Edith?

3. What pretense did Kekesfalva use for coming to the house to talk with Dietzenhof?

4. How does Edith react when Josef, the butler, comes to take her for her exercises?

5. How does Hofmiller react when he sees Ilona in the street after taking a night away from the family to play cards with his friends?

Short Essay Questions

1. Although Hofmiller finds himself enjoying his new sense of power and the comfort of being with with the Kekesfalva family, what keeps him from enjoying those feelings completely?

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

3. Why is Hofmiller so delighted when he sees Ilona outside the cafe after he has spent the evening there with his friends rather than going to the castle?

4. What is Dr. Condor's initial assessment of Edith's current medical condition?

5. How does learning about his past affect Hofmiller's feelings about Kekesfalva?

6. What does Dr. Condor tell Hofmiller about the effectiveness of the treatment plan he is using with Edith?

7. What does Hofmiller mean when he says that everything that happens in the book began with a blunder?

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

9. What are some of the reasons Hofmiller finds himself gaining greater self confidence during his second evening in the Kekesfalva home?

10. How did Kekesfalva change after marrying Dietzenhof?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the book, it is clear that Hofmiller is desperately concerned with how other people perceive him. Identify three specific examples of this and write about how each example directly affects the book's plot. How might things have turned out differently if Hofmiller had not been so concerned with appearances?

Essay Topic 3

In the book's last passages, Hofmiller reflects on the guilt he will always feel regarding his role in the Kekesfalva family's life. Discuss the role guilt plays in his character throughout the book. At what points does he feel guilt that perhaps he should not feel? At what points does he not feel guilty when he should? Do you think the guilt he feels at the end is genuine?

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