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 believe he has an advantage over Martin?

2. What is Candide's illness brought on by?

3. Who is the captain of the sunken ship?

4. What do Candide and Cacambo survive on for a month?

5. What comes out about what Pococurante does with his servant girls?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on learning to understand other cultures. What different cultures appear in Candide? Does he make an attempt to understand them better? Why should someone make the effort to understand a culture different than their own? What are the benefits and drawbacks?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Sometimes authors choose to use the characters in a novel to express their distaste or support of a particular person or social movement. Historically do you think Candide represented a particular person or movement? Why or why not? How does Voltaire use his novel as a social criticism? Do you think Voltaire is critical of a specific social movement or of society in general? Why?

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