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. How long does it take Candide's wounds to heal?

2. Who heals the women after the Russians attack the Janissaries?

3. How much money does Jacques give Candide?

4. What does Pangloss call the castle of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh?

5. As Captain, who is assigned to be Candide's assistant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the commandant look like?

2. Why does Candide decide to go to Holland?

3. Describe what happens to the men who were arrested for burning in Chapter 6.

4. Why do the learned men tell Pococurante you should always have Homer in your library?

5. What is Cacambo's master's story?

6. In Chapter 18, where do Candide and Cacambo go first to learn about Eldorado?

7. What event happens during Martin and Candide's discussion of the subject of moral and physical evil? How does Candide use this to his advantage?

8. Identify the family of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh.

9. How do Candide and Cacambo manage to avoid being eaten by the Oreillons in Chapter 16?

10. Describe Candide's reaction to reuniting with Cunégonde and their subsequent interaction in Chapter 7.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Each of the characters not only has physical characteristics that identify them, but also a set of emotional or mental characteristics. Select any character from the novel and explore the psychology behind their behavior. If you use technical information, make sure to research your claims and cite all of your sources.

Essay Topic 2

Is the world Candide inhabits truly "the best of all possible worlds?" Describe some ways it is and some ways it isn't. Does he encounter anyone who is truly happy? Explain the vision Candide eventually comes to in his search for the best of all possible worlds.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the philosophy of Pangloss, particularly his relationship between cause and effect. Use examples form the text to illustrate how Pangloss was able to rationalize misfortune.

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