Effi Briest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Effi recall used to happen to adulterous women?

2. What complaint does Roswitha have about her ex-mistress?

3. What does the von Briest family home face?

4. What does Effi's father think of the purchases she made in Berlin?

5. What is the surname of Bertha and Hertha?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is the Chinaman buried?

2. What are Frau and Major Crampas like?

3. Why does Crampas think Innstetten tells ghost stories?

4. Who does Effi's father believe would have been a better match for Innstetten?

5. What does Effi's father talk about after breakfast on the day after Effi's wedding?

6. What does Effi think she hears overhead when she awakes in Kessin for the first time?

7. What does Effi's sea burial for the gooseberry skins remind her of?

8. What does Effi think of when she sees Innstetten in his office?

9. What does Innstetten warn Effi about Gieshübler before he leaves for work?

10. What does Effi believe she sees in the night when Innstetten is away at Varzin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the relationship between Effi and Innstetten. Why do they marry, and is their marriage a happy one? Why or why not? How does Innstetten treat Effi? What does he feel for her? How does Effi feel about Innstetten? How does their marriage end?

Essay Topic 2

Where and when does "Effi Briest" take place? How does the setting of the novel affect the plot and the characters? How would the story be different if it were told in modern times?

Essay Topic 3

"Effi Briest" is an example of literary realism. What is literary realism and what are its characteristics? What makes "Effi Briest" an example of literary realism? Are there any elements of the novel which are not elements of literary realism? If so, why did Fontane choose to write the story in the way he did?

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