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. Who returns to the house to find Mr. Issachar dead?

2. How much money does Candide give to the beggar?

3. Who survives the shipwreck?

4. What position does the Baron attain in the Jesuit military?

5. What happens to Candide immediately after he leaves the castle?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Candide, Cunégonde, and the old woman flee in chapter 9, and where do they go?

2. Why is the admiral killed?

3. Who comes to "help" Candide recover from his illness?

4. What are Cunégonde's misfortunes?

5. What does the slave say is the price of the sugar eaten in Europe?

6. What does the commandant look like?

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

8. How does Candide respond when Cunegonde reminds him of his promise to marry her? Why?

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

10. What philosophical background does Martin claim and how does he describe this perspective?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The responsibility of free will is a recurring theme in the novel. Using examples from the text, explain the arguments that characters have over the nature of free will. Do the characters seem to make decisions on their own or due to forces outside of their control?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Candide falls victim to many acts of trickery. How do these experiences affect Candide? Does he realize that he is being tricked? What does the ability to trick Candide show about his character? Do you think Candide's character is equipped to function in the world? Why or why not?

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