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 does Cunégonde's brother reside in Chapter 15?

2. Who decides that the city needs an auto-da-fé?

3. Who is the Commandant?

4. What does Candide say about Cunégonde's scar?

5. Where does Candide go, leaving Cunegonde with the governor of Buenos Aires?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is given to Candide when he is made captain, to act as an assistant, and what advice does he have for Candide?

5. How did Pangloss manage to survive the auto-da-fé?

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

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

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

9. What does Cacambo think should be done with the Baron?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the relationship between Candide and Pangloss evolve over the course of the story? Cite specific examples from the text that seem to have cause this change. Does the relationship seem better between the two of them at the end of the novel or in the beginning?

Essay Topic 2

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?"

Essay Topic 3

Martin and Jacques are both realistic and somewhat cynical characters. Compare and contrast the two characters, both in their philosophies, thoughts and ideas and in their relationship with Candide and the other characters. What is it about Jacques that makes him more caring and sympathetic to humanity? How do their fates differ? Does this seem fair?

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