Candide Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where is the inn where Candide stops located?

2. What does Cunegonde witness in the park in Chapter 1?

3. What faith is Jacques?

4. What natural event destroys the city of Lisbon?

5. Who is rumored to be the son of the Baron's sister and a gentleman from the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to give Candide a good response to Martin's pessimism in Chapter 20?

2. Getting away from France, Candide and Martin land in Portsmouth, England, where they witness an execution. Describe Candide's curiosity.

3. Describe the send off Candide and Cacambo get as they prepare to leave Eldorado.

4. What makes it apparent that the Baron is not dead?

5. What is the Baron's son's explanation as to why he is a galley slave?

6. Describe the solution that is developed to prevent future earthquakes and indicate who creates this solution.

7. With whom do Candide and Martin find themselves dining in Chapter 26? What stories do these people tell?

8. What is the story of the death of James, the Anabaptist?

9. Describe the surprise Candide has when he gives his coins to a beggar.

10. Why is the fleet preparing to go to the New World?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For several centuries, psychologists, socialists, and educators have argued the effects of nature vs. nurture. Although this argument may be somewhat anachronistic when applied to Candide, try to examine Candide and the other characters through a nature vs. nurture lens. Which characters provide support for each side? Are some characters affected by their surroundings more than others? Do you think this is a factor of their surroundings or of their natural temperament?

Essay Topic 2

In the end of the novel, Candide exalts physical labor and hard work as the solution to the endless cycle of human suffering. Compare and contrast the life that Candide advocates with the life led by Pangloss, Martin, Pococurante and other characters. What are the benefits to Candide's life at the end of the novel that he didn't have before?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Candide falls victim to many acts of trickery. How do these experiences affect Candide? Does he realize that he is being tricked? What does the ability to trick Candide show about his character? Do you think Candide's character is equipped to function in the world? Why or why not?

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