Candide Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Candide not want to tour France?

2. After drifting downstream in Chapter 17, how does Candide's and Cacambo's ride end?

3. What correspondence does Candide receive the morning after the party at the French lady's house in Chapter 22?

4. What is it that Candide does not have in Chapter 21?

5. What is Cunégonde's job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Each of the characters not only has physical characteristics that identify them, but also a set of emotional or mental characteristics. Select any character from the novel and explore the psychology behind their behavior. If you use technical information, make sure to research your claims and cite all of your sources.

Essay Topic 3

Most of the female characters in the book have two things in common: they use their bodies to get power and that power is usurped by unscrupulous men. Analyze the role of women in the novel. Do any of the women have redeeming qualities? Do the women seem like three-dimensional realistic characters or are they stereotypes? Who seems like the most realistic female character and why?

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