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. What does the old woman reveal about her past in Chapter 10?

2. What characteristic do Jacques and Candide share?

3. How many soldiers surround Cacambo and Candide at the border post?

4. What happens to the main who arrives on the ship that pulls into the harbor while Cunégonde and the governor are speaking?

5. Where is the castle of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What event results in the reunion of Candide and Cunégonde and how?

3. Describe the attack of the Bulgarians on the castle according to Cunégonde.

4. What surprise awaits Candide in Paraguay?

5. Why does Candide have no interest in seeing France despite never having been there before?

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

7. How does Martin answer Candide's claim that the Senator is happy because he enjoys complaining?

8. How do Candide and Cacambo end up on roads that are paved with gold?

9. Who is the Commandant and what news does Candide bring him?

10. Still looking for a happy man, where do Candide and Martin go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sometimes authors choose to use the characters in a novel to express their distaste or support of a particular person or social movement. Historically do you think Candide represented a particular person or movement? Why or why not? How does Voltaire use his novel as a social criticism? Do you think Voltaire is critical of a specific social movement or of society in general? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Voltaire satirizes religion throughout the novel. Despite the faith, he typically finds hypocrisy and lax morality. Compare and contrast three of the following religions as they portrayed in the novel:

- Anabaptist

- Dutch

- Grand Inquisitor

- Jesuits

- Moors

- Jewish

What does Voltaire's general philosophy on religion seem to be?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on contentment. What do the characters in Candide learn about contentment, and how do they learn their lessons? What have you learned about contentment from Candide?

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