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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What personal item does Eduard request Ottilie stop wearing?
(a) A handkerchief embroidered by Charlotte.
(b) A miniature portrait of her father.
(c) A pair of gloves in kid leather.
(d) A shawl knitted by her mother.

2. What does Eduard focus on in his solitude?
(a) His passion for Ottilie.
(b) His business prospects.
(c) His quarrels with Mittler.
(d) His desire for death.

3. What seemingly miraculous event occurs at the completion of the foundation stone ceremony?
(a) A crystal goblet disappears instead of shattering on the ground.
(b) The pitchers which were supposed to contain water contained wine.
(c) Charlotte falls from a cliff but is inexplicably uninjured.
(d) A man has a heart attack but survives and dances a merry jig.

4. In what activities do Charlotte and Ottilie engage the village girls?
(a) In organizing political protests of their own working conditions.
(b) In sewing, knitting, and beautifying the village.
(c) In learning to read, write, and do basic mathematics.
(d) In rebuilding the poorhouse for the town's beggars.

5. What is the name of the peasant girl who attaches herself to Ottilie?
(a) Sarah.
(b) Carina.
(c) Helga.
(d) Nanni.

6. How does Charlotte respond to Eduard's passion for Ottilie?
(a) Charlotte begins to act nasty and aggressive toward Ottilie and humiliates her in front of company.
(b) Charlotte is delighted and begins to openly speak of her desire for the Captain.
(c) Charlotte keeps Ottilie near her, watches her closely, and thinks Ottilie should be sent away.
(d) Charlotte does nothing because she is too shocked and saddened to act.

7. What does Ottilie see as her "everything?"
(a) Her friendship with Charlotte.
(b) Her love for Eduard.
(c) Her attention to her reading.
(d) Her passion for gardening.

8. What act of submissiveness does Charlotte warn Ottilie against?
(a) Lowering one's eyes before royalty.
(b) Deferring to one's host in conversation.
(c) Walking slowly to accommodate the pace of the elderly.
(d) Stooping to pick up something dropped by a man.

9. What do Eduard and Charlotte disagree strongly about in the wake of the frightening event during the festivities?
(a) How to tastefully disperse the guests who stay too late.
(b) Whether the fireworks show should go on as planned.
(c) Whom among the guests is worthy of being invited to dinner.
(d) When they should reschedule the entire event.

10. How did the master of the estate grow up?
(a) Ignored; he was the youngest of many siblings.
(b) Impoverished; he lived on the streets.
(c) Spoiled; he got everything he wanted.
(d) Lonely; he made no friends.

11. What personality trait is notable about Ottilie?
(a) She is arrogant but somehow still likeable.
(b) She is very energetic but cannot seem to finish any project.
(c) She talks rapidly and profusely about nothing of consequence.
(d) She understands the needs of others intuitively.

12. Which person is to be another guest at the estate?
(a) Marianne.
(b) Luciane.
(c) Charlotte.
(d) Ottilie.

13. 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) Preparing for a year long tour of Europe.
(d) Improving the landscape of their estate.

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

15. What language do Charlotte and Ottilie speak when they are alone?
(a) French.
(b) English.
(c) German.
(d) Italian.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does the captain find himself irresistibly attracted?

2. What does Ottilie set in the foundation stone with the other peoples' offerings?

3. Who broaches the subject to Eduard of reconciling with Charlotte?

4. What is one notable pet peeve of the master of the estate?

5. What building do the companions find, with pleasure, that can easily hold all four of them?

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