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 is the Princess of Palestrina's betrothed killed?

2. How does Candide find the sea as compared to his journey to Lisbon?

3. What happened the man who found the old woman and spoke her language when he was a child?

4. Which of the following characters survives their punishment in Lisbon?

5. What is being put together when the old woman, Candide, and Cunégonde arrive in Cadiz?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens after Candide meets the two men in Waldberghofftrarbk-dikdorff who offer him food and drink.

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

3. What does the sailor do after the earthquake hits Lisbon?

4. Why doesn't Pococurante like the paintings by Raphael?

5. Getting away from France, Candide and Martin land in Portsmouth, England, where they witness an execution. Describe Candide's curiosity.

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

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

8. How do Candide, Cunegonde, and the old woman get a head start against the soldiers who begin to look for them in Chapter 9?

9. In Paris, how is Candide's innocence exploited?

10. How do Candide, Martin, and Pangloss learn about true happiness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Voltaire satirized people of every walk of life, every race, religion and occupation. How do the 18th century "victims" of his satirical wit compare to contemporary examples? Are the hypocrises and social ills that Voltaire identifies similar to or different from ones society faces today?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the possibility of a Utopia like Eldorado. Such a condition has been tried many times in the past but has always failed. In your essay, present a picture of a world like Eldorado that might possibly work. Then discuss why attempts to establish a Utopia have always ended in failure.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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