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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

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the murders committed by Candide. Would you classify any of them as justifiable homicide? Were they all self-defense? Which of the murders could be classified as crimes of passion? Conclude your paper with your evaluation as to whether there is ever a justifiable cause to murder another human being.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The concept of the "noble savage" and the idea that without a corruptible society man would be a more moral being was popularized by Rousseau. How would Voltaire have responded to this idea? Use examples from the text to back up your argument.

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