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 did the old woman never marry her true love, the Prince of Massa-Carrara?

2. For whose side does Cacambo encourage Candide to fight?

3. Whose murder did Cunégonde's brother witness?

4. How long has the agreement between Don Issachar and the Grand Inquisitor been in effect?

5. Who offers Candide food, two coins, a place to stay, and a job in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Bulgar captain sell Cunégonde to Don Issachar?

2. How does Friar Giroflee explain his life?

3. Why is it dangerous for a shrewish woman to be a doctor's wife?

4. What is the setting in the first chapter and what characters are introduced?

5. How was Cunégonde's brother healed after Candide stabbed him and what events followed?

6. What happens when Candide and Cacambo try to pay for their meal at the inn?

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

8. After escaping, what does Candide observe about the war?

9. Describe what happens on Candide and Cacambo's trip to Cayenne and how they end up in Eldorado.

10. Explain what happens when Candide discovers who the old woman in Chapter 7 works for.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Candide keeps his head up by thinking about his life together with Cunégonde. Write an essay describing the quest for Cunégonde. Does Candide ever doubt that he will be with her? Why or why not? How does Cunégonde serve as a motivating factor? Do you think Cunégonde herself is a motivator or that it is the idea of Cunégonde that motivates Candide? Are these the same or different? What does Cunégonde represent?

Essay Topic 2

Candide selects Martin as a traveling companion because he is well educated and because he has shared the experience of suffering. How do Candide and Martin respond different to suffering? Is this significant? Which character has a better grasp on reality? Which character has a better reaction to suffering? Why did you select this character?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the role of romantic relationships in the novel for the following couples:

- Paquette and Brother Giroflée

- Cunégonde and Candide

- Cunégonde and the Governor

- Martin and his wife

Are any of the relationships truly happy? Do the relationships seem more superficial or do they represent "true love?"

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