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 is stolen from Cunégonde?

2. What country does Candide go to after the war?

3. In Holland, who is Candide happy to meet up with again?

4. Why does Candide ask to be shot in the head?

5. What is Cunégonde wearing when she meets Candide again?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the Levantine captain ask such a high ransom for Pangloss and the Baron?

4. Why is the admiral killed?

5. What is the ritual when one meets the king in Eldorado? What does Candide expect the ritual to be before he is told?

6. Describe Candide's reaction to reuniting with Cunégonde and their subsequent interaction in Chapter 7.

7. After escaping, what does Candide observe about the war?

8. Explain the way the University of Coimbre decides to prevent future earthquakes.

9. What odd encounter occurs on the way to Constantinople?

10. How do Candide and Cacambo end up on roads that are paved with gold?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay on contentment. What do the characters in Candide learn about contentment, and how do they learn their lessons? What have you learned about contentment from Candide?

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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