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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. While Aschenbach takes his walk at the beginning of Part One, the streets of the city are _______.

3. When does "Death In Venice" take place?

4. How intelligent is Aschenbach?

5. At the beginning of the book, when Aschenbach encounters the man at the chapel, what does their interaction consists of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What about Tadzio does Aschenbach use for his writing? How does Aschenbach feel about writing this way?

2. What does Aschenbach pride himself on?

3. What about the Polish family in the hotel catches Aschenbach's eye?

4. What benefit does Aschenbach believe he will gain from traveling? Why does he need this?

5. As Aschenbach is more and more obsessed with Tadzio, how does Aschenbach's writing now differ from before?

6. How much of Part One is either unspoken or indirect direction?

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

8. Why does Aschenbach decide to go to Venice?

9. What does the dream that Aschenbach has add to how the reader sees his transformation?

10. Now that Aschenbach is completely obsessed with Tadzio, how does Aschenbach spend his free time? What does this say about his transformation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tadzio is the most pivotal figure in Aschenbach's life during the time of "Death In Venice." Throughout the book he takes on many different roles. What is the greater purpose of Tadzio's representation?

Essay Topic 2

In what way do other characters steer Aschenbach? What does this say about Aschenbach and his mind, since his direct interactions are either brief or silent?

Essay Topic 3

What are the similarities between Aschenbach and Tadzio? Why is he pleased with this unlikely resemblance? What about this relationship wears down Aschenbach's self-esteem, yet builds up his self-importance?

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