Candide Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

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?

Write an essay on learning to understand other cultures. What different cultures appear in Candide? Does he make an attempt to understand them better? Why should someone make the effort to understand a culture different than their own? What are the benefits and drawbacks?

Candide encounters many flawed character, and a few good ones. Cite some examples of each, and then explain whether Voltaire presents humanity as mainly good or mainly evil? How does he portray character flaws - as weaknesses or as just parts of human nature?

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