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. 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 on the role of religion in CANDIDE. Was it a theme or a motif? What were the different character's takes on religion? How did religion affect the plot?

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, several religious figures are introduced. How do these religious figures contribute to the plot of the novel? Do these religious characters think of themselves as morally superior? How true or untrue are their assessments of their own morality? How do religion and religious figures contribute to the meaning of the novel as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on Manichaeanism. Martin insists that he is a Manichaeanist. In your essay discuss the idea that the mind is good and the body is evil. You will need to do some research into Manes, the philosopher in Persia who established this school of thought.

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