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 faith is Jacques?

2. To where do Candide, Cunégonde, and the old woman flee?

3. Who is on the ship that has been spotted in the Buenos Aires harbor?

4. Where does the old woman suggest Candide and Cunegonde go in Chapter 9?

5. Who is Don Fernando d'Ibaraa y Figueora y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the background of the old woman whom Candide and Cunegonde discover was born a princess.

2. Why does Candide fall into a deep depression when he hasn't heard from Cacambo or Cunégonde?

3. What do Candide, the baron, Pangloss, Martin and Cacambo argue about on the ship?

4. What is Pangloss's occupation and what message does he convey?

5. Describe Martin's feelings about France in general and of Paris specifically.

6. How does Friar Giroflee explain his life?

7. What makes it apparent that the Baron is not dead?

8. What happens when Candide realizes that he won't see Cunégonde again?

9. Describe Jacques' reaction to Candide and give a plausible reason for his actions.

10. What is the custom in Eldorado when brought to see the King?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Martin says that "private griefs are crueler even than public miseries." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Use examples from the text to back up your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Resurrection is a theme throughout the novel. Describe the characters who have been believed dead but then "resurrected." Why does Voltaire use this literary theme? Jacques is one of the main characters who does not return from the dead, but yet he is one of the most purely good characters. Explain why you think Voltaire chose to give him the fate he did.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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