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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Once the Captain leaves, what does Charlotte suggest to Eduard regarding Ottilie?
(a) That Eduard and Ottilie leave together to indulge their mutual passion.
(b) That Ottilie return to the boarding school or to her great-aunt's home.
(c) That Charlotte and Ottilie embark on a trip to Italy to view famous sculptures.
(d) That Ottilie become the governess to a wealthy family.

2. What language are the household servants ignorant of?
(a) English.
(b) German.
(c) Italian.
(d) French.

3. Who is married to the owner of the estate?
(a) Luciane.
(b) Mathilde.
(c) Ottilie.
(d) Charlotte.

4. What activity are the married couple primarily engaged in at the beginning of the novel?
(a) Considering applications for new household staff.
(b) Deciding whether to enlarge the home itself.
(c) Improving the landscape of their estate.
(d) Preparing for a year long tour of Europe.

5. Where does Eduard live while away from his estate?
(a) In a wing of the Count's mansion.
(b) In the newly constructed pavilion.
(c) In a room above the town inn.
(d) In a farmstead house.

6. What subject do Eduard and his male guest discuss in the night?
(a) Their history working for the provincial governor.
(b) The questionable politics of the Captain.
(c) Their old amorous adventures at court.
(d) The fleeting constancy of their wives.

7. During a stroll around his property with the captain and Charlotte, what activity does Eduard suddenly change his mind about engaging in, and why?
(a) He decides not to ride into town because he cannot settle a debt with his architect.
(b) He decides not to plant a new stand of trees because they would detract from the views.
(c) He decides not to purchase a new team of horses because his carriage broke down.
(d) He decides not to go rowing on the lake because he thinks of Ottilie.

8. How do Eduard and Ottilie unexpectedly prove their compatibility with one another?
(a) By engaging in a debate.
(b) By playing music together.
(c) By playing a game of cards.
(d) By reciting a dramatic scene.

9. Early in the novel, what is the general feeling among the four main occupants of the household?
(a) They increasingly want more time alone instead of together.
(b) They begin to suspect one another of adultery.
(c) They enjoy feelings of mutual affection and goodwill.
(d) They find themselves quarreling over minor matters.

10. What event leads Eduard to begin to be physically attracted to Ottilie?
(a) They take the wrong path and get lost while walking.
(b) Eduard finds that she has written of him in her diary.
(c) They begin a secret correspondence in which they admit their desires.
(d) Ottilie "accidentally" falls into Eduard's arms in the drawing room.

11. Who addresses the crowd at the foundation stone ceremony?
(a) The gardener.
(b) The beggar.
(c) The mason.
(d) The architect.

12. What does the schoolmaster's second letter say about Ottilie, in general?
(a) That she is a troublemaker and that the other girls fear and shun her.
(b) That she is one of the stupidest girls at the school, and he recommends she be sent home.
(c) That she is the first girl of the school and has won all the year's academic prizes.
(d) That she is intelligent, but not suited to the environment of the school.

13. What service does Ottilie volunteer to do for Eduard?
(a) Repair his many torn articles of clothing.
(b) Make the final copy of the farmstead sale contract.
(c) Finalize the design of the chapel.
(d) Finish the lengthy inventory of the household.

14. What provokes Eduard to cry out that Ottilie loves him?
(a) Ottilie finishes copying a contract.
(b) Ottilie completes the inventory of the estate.
(c) Ottilie stands up to Charlotte's criticisms.
(d) Ottilie returns his letter with one of her own.

15. How do Eduard and Charlotte act in front of the others the morning after they sleep together?
(a) As if they are suspicious of the thoughts of others.
(b) As if they are ashamed and contrite of their actions.
(c) As if they are proud to have reaffirmed their love.
(d) As if nothing has passed between them the night before.

Short Answer Questions

1. What trait is the man who often visits the estate known for?

2. What do the main characters decide to do with the three lakes on Eduard's estate?

3. How does Charlotte respond to Eduard's passion for Ottilie?

4. What habit does Eduard change as a result of Ottilie's presence and influence?

5. What does the male guest criticize about the estate?

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