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Candide Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Write an essay about obsession. In CANDIDE, the title character is obsessed with Cunegonde and spends his life in pursuit of her only to find her aging and ugly when he finally gets her. In your essay, discuss how obsession can lead people to go after something they cannot achieve or, having achieved it, they do not really want.

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?

Candide's adventures mirror the Biblical events from the Garden of Eden. Describe the three "paradises" he experiences (Westphalia, Eldorado and his farm). Compare and contrast his experiences at each of these places and the reasons for leaving the first two. How has Candide rediscovered a paradise? How is different form the ones he has lost?

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