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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Lately, Aschenbach has had a difficult time _________.
(a) Eating.
(b) Reading.
(c) Sleeping.
(d) Drinking.

2. What is the cause of Aschenbach's anxiety?
(a) His failure as a writer.
(b) His poverty.
(c) The death of a friend.
(d) The approaching war.

3. How does Aschenbach hide his loneliness?
(a) Arrogance.
(b) Lying.
(c) Superficial friendships.
(d) Alcohol.

4. At the chapel, Aschenbach encounters a _______ man.
(a) Middle-aged.
(b) Handsome.
(c) Young.
(d) Strange.

5. What has Aschenbach's dedication to work deprived him of?
(a) Having a social life.
(b) Traveling.
(c) Having a wife.
(d) Having kids.

6. What happens in Aschenbach's daydream?
(a) He meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman.
(b) He sees a vivid scene of a tropical foreign land.
(c) He remembers a birthday he spent with his parents.
(d) He foresees his own death.

7. Aschenbach spends all his time _________.
(a) Daydreaming.
(b) Listening to music.
(c) Writing.
(d) Reading.

8. Aschenbach's work ethic could be called _________.
(a) Lax.
(b) Diligent.
(c) Passable.
(d) Inconsistent.

9. Aschenbach's wife is _______.
(a) Dead.
(b) Cheating on him.
(c) Missing.
(d) Remarried.

10. At the beginning of the book, when Aschenbach encounters the man at the chapel, what does their interaction consists of?
(a) Heckling.
(b) Silence.
(c) Lively conversation.
(d) Complimenting.

11. What expression does the man at the chapel give to Aschenbach?
(a) A look of distress.
(b) Shock.
(c) A scowl.
(d) A smile.

12. At the beginning of the book, why does Aschenbach take a walk?
(a) To pick flowers.
(b) To meet a friend.
(c) To clear his mind.
(d) To buy groceries.

13. What do Aschenbach's books represent?
(a) The criminal and corrupt nature of humans.
(b) The superiority of animals over humans.
(c) The struggles and triumphs of his generation.
(d) The current political situation.

14. What is the cause of Aschenbach's sickness?
(a) Strain of work.
(b) Cancer.
(c) Poor diet.
(d) Food poisoning.

15. Why does Aschenbach look at the world differently?
(a) Because he has unusually excellent vision.
(b) Because he is colorblind.
(c) Because he is hallucinating.
(d) Because he is an artist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Usually Aschenbach feels ________ at his summer house.

2. What makes Aschenbach pull back from his daydream?

3. What do Aschenbach's characters represent about his beliefs of humans?

4. What province is Aschenbach from?

5. What is Aschenbach's profession?

(see the answer keys)

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