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. Why does the captain kill the Bulgarian who is attacking Cunégonde?

2. To where do Candide, Cunégonde, and the old woman flee?

3. How much does the Baroness weigh?

4. Why does the old lady say she is being kind to Candide?

5. Who is the court's banker?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the argument that Candide and Cunégonde's brother have regarding Candide's intentions for Cunégonde, and explain what happens as a result.

2. Who comes to "help" Candide recover from his illness?

3. What is the comparison that Martin makes between man and hawks?

4. Compare the burials of Don Issachar and the Grand Inquisitor.

5. Describe Candide's reunion with Pangloss.

6. Describe the background of the old woman whom Candide and Cunegonde discover was born a princess.

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

8. Explain the way the University of Coimbre decides to prevent future earthquakes.

9. Why does the Baron still not want Cunégonde to marry Candide?

10. What is the nature of the crime that the Baron commited?

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

Write an essay about the murders committed by Candide. Would you classify any of them as justifiable homicide? Were they all self-defense? Which of the murders could be classified as crimes of passion? Conclude your paper with your evaluation as to whether there is ever a justifiable cause to murder another human being.

Essay Topic 3

Candide goes on a truly epic journey through the course of the novel. - Do people differ from one another that much over the course of his travels? How? - In what ways is Candide like a traditional tragic hero? In which ways isn't he? - Is his fate similar to the class tragic hero as discussed in class? What is his epic struggle?

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