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 happens in Lisbon after the shipwreck?

2. Why does Cunégonde decide to stay with the governor?

3. Where do Candide, Cunegonde, and the old woman land in Chapter 13?

4. What does the Governor have a "furious lust" for?

5. As Captain, who is assigned to be Candide's assistant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what happens after the reunion of Candide and Cunegonde in Chapter 29.

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

4. How does Cunegonde's brother explain his escape from death?

5. How is Candide rescued after his flogging?

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

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

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

9. Describe the solution that is developed to prevent future earthquakes and indicate who creates this solution.

10. What happens when the Bulgarians catch Candide going for a walk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the novel, Candide's life in the setting of the castle at Westphalia is described. However Candide is quickly removed from this setting and forced to begin his travels. What purpose does this setting serve as it is only introduced into the novel for a short time? Does Westphalia serve as a reference point for the novel? What do you think the meaning of this setting is? Is the setting of Westphalia important for Candide? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on satire as a literary device. Explain how satire can get a point across without being confrontational. What is the role of satire in CANDIDE? How would the book be different without satire present?

Essay Topic 3

Voltaire satirizes religion throughout the novel. Despite the faith, he typically finds hypocrisy and lax morality. Compare and contrast three of the following religions as they portrayed in the novel:

- Anabaptist

- Dutch

- Grand Inquisitor

- Jesuits

- Moors

- Jewish

What does Voltaire's general philosophy on religion seem to be?

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