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. How many times has Candide been to France before arriving with Martin?

2. How does Candide react when Cunégonde reminds him of his promise to marry her?

3. Where is King Theodore from?

4. What happens to the man on the deck of the naval vessel?

5. What is the old man's door made of?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about obsession. In CANDIDE, the title character is obsessed with Cunegonde and spends his life in pursuit of her only to find her aging and ugly when he finally gets her. In your essay, discuss how obsession can lead people to go after something they cannot achieve or, having achieved it, they do not really want.

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

Throughout the novel, many characters are reintroduced even after their death is witnessed or described. Write an essay explaining how the false deaths of these characters affect the plot as a whole. Consider which characters were thought to have died. Is the choice of these characters significant? What role do these characters play in their appearances before and after their false deaths?

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