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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Aschenbach think the benefit of a vacation will be?
(a) He will improve his writing.
(b) He will sleep better.
(c) He will find his long lost brother.
(d) He will have an adventure.

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

4. What makes Aschenbach pull back from his daydream?
(a) Fear of judgement.
(b) He becomes tired.
(c) Diligence in work.
(d) Dissatisfaction with his imagination.

5. What season is it at the beginning of "Death In Venice?"
(a) Summer.
(b) Winter.
(c) Spring.
(d) Fall.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lately, Aschenbach has had a difficult time _________.

2. How does Aschenbach hide his loneliness?

3. At the beginning of the book, why does Aschenbach take a walk?

4. How does Aschenbach look, physically?

5. How many children does Aschenbach have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aschenbach's new look make him similar to the Old Fop?

2. List a few adjectives that describe Aschenbach's mindset and philosophy on work ethic.

3. What was Aschenbach's home-life and education like?

4. Why does Aschenbach smile at Tadzio when he sees him and his family at the end of Part Four? What does Aschenbach do after?

5. In Aschenbach's mind, Tadzio beckons Aschenbach to the water before Aschenbach dies. What does this say about Tadzio's real purpose?

6. What was suspicious about the gondolier? Why does he run away?

7. What is the quality of Aschenbach's boat journey to Venice that makes him nervous and suspicious?

8. Why does Aschenbach watch Tadzio?

9. Why does Aschenbach decide to go to Venice?

10. In what era does "Death In Venice" take place? What major historical landmark is referenced?

(see the answer keys)

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