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 doesn't Cunégonde know she has become ugly?

2. What is Cunégonde's job?

3. Running away from the scene of the murder, where do Cacambo and Candide stop to rest and eat in Chapter 16?

4. What does the philosopher say the King never worries about when he sends a ship to Egypt?

5. From whom does Cacambo get permission for Candide and Martin to board a ship for Constantinople?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Candide travels until at the very end when he settles on the farm. What significance does this traveling have? Is the physical movement of traveling representative of mental or psychological movement? How are the places that Candide visits similar? How are they different? How do their similarities and differences play into the idea of movement in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

In the second chapter, Candide is drafted into the Bulgarian military after he drinks to the King of Bulgaria with two men he meets during his travels. How does Candide react to his initiation into the army? Do you think being in the military has a positive or negative affect on Candide's character in the rest of the novel? Why? How do you think Candide is affected by his short military character?

Essay Topic 3

In the end of the novel, Candide exalts physical labor and hard work as the solution to the endless cycle of human suffering. Compare and contrast the life that Candide advocates with the life led by Pangloss, Martin, Pococurante and other characters. What are the benefits to Candide's life at the end of the novel that he didn't have before?

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