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 offers Candide food, two coins, a place to stay, and a job in Chapter 3?

2. Which of the following weapons is not used by the Bulgarians during their battles?

3. Cacambo is what percent Spanish?

4. What happens the morning after Candide's rescue?

5. For whose side does Cacambo encourage Candide to fight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Candide's new traveling companion, Martin, have to say about the condition of the world as he sees it?

2. At the end of the book, why is Candide not happy and no longer believes he is living in the best of all possible worlds?

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

4. Describe the misfortune that befalls the runaway Candide, Cunegonde, and the old woman on the way to Cadiz.

5. In Bordeaux, who does Candide give his sheep to and why?

6. Why is it dangerous for a shrewish woman to be a doctor's wife?

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

8. What was Pangloss' story of his enslavement?

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

10. What is the old Turk's life like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Candide selects Martin as a traveling companion because he is well educated and because he has shared the experience of suffering. How do Candide and Martin respond different to suffering? Is this significant? Which character has a better grasp on reality? Which character has a better reaction to suffering? Why did you select this character?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of romantic relationships in the novel for the following couples:

- Paquette and Brother Giroflée

- Cunégonde and Candide

- Cunégonde and the Governor

- Martin and his wife

Are any of the relationships truly happy? Do the relationships seem more superficial or do they represent "true love?"

Essay Topic 3

Often in novels, authors use one or more of the characters to argue their own viewpoints. What character or set of characters do you think that Voltaire uses to communicate his own viewpoints? Is there a specific character that can be defined as Voltaire?

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