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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do Eduard, Charlotte, and the captain speak of the concept of elective affinities?
(a) In terms of A, B, C, and D.
(b) In terms of apples, oranges, bananas, and pears.
(c) In terms of 1, 2, 3, and 4.
(d) In terms of men, women, children, and animals.

2. What do the Captain and Charlotte resolve to do regarding the landscape improvements?
(a) Place the entire endeavor on hold until winter is over.
(b) Hurry the work so that Eduard's energies will be more properly restrained.
(c) Use their new landscaping expertise to begin their own designing business.
(d) Expand the project to use up their extra household funds.

3. How is the female guest of the estate related to the mistress of the estate?
(a) She is her daughter.
(b) She is her niece.
(c) She is her young cousin.
(d) She is her step-daughter.

4. What objects on Eduard's property are exactly the same age as Ottilie?
(a) The peacocks which strut all over the estate.
(b) The plane trees by the lake.
(c) The moss hut on the hill.
(d) The topiaries in the main garden.

5. What does Eduard's note demand of Charlotte?
(a) That Charlotte send Ottilie to live with her great aunt.
(b) That Charlotte move away from the estate and live as a widow.
(c) That Charlotte treat Ottilie as an equal, not as a lesser relative.
(d) That Charlotte keep Ottilie at the estate and not send her away.

6. 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 go rowing on the lake because he thinks of Ottilie.
(b) He decides not to purchase a new team of horses because his carriage broke down.
(c) He decides not to ride into town because he cannot settle a debt with his architect.
(d) He decides not to plant a new stand of trees because they would detract from the views.

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

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

9. What does the female guest find disagreeable in Eduard?
(a) His apparent passion for Ottilie.
(b) His inability to carry on rational conversation.
(c) His treatment of Charlotte in front of guests.
(d) His lack of detail in the landscape planning.

10. What do the main characters decide to do with the three lakes on Eduard's estate?
(a) Bring down the dams to make one large lake.
(b) Reinforce all three dams to prevent flooding.
(c) Sell the land rights around the largest lake.
(d) Drain one of the lakes to irrigate the fields.

11. What about the contract Ottilie copied does Eduard find singular and astonishing?
(a) The contract reads as a novel, rather than a legal document.
(b) The entire document is completely illegible.
(c) The contract appears to be entirely in Charlotte's handwriting.
(d) The last portion of the contract seems to be copied in his own hand.

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

13. What trait is the man who often visits the estate known for?
(a) For bragging about his wealth.
(b) For his many extra-marital affairs.
(c) For high-class begging.
(d) For settling all manner of disputes.

14. What is the name of Charlotte's daughter?
(a) Gertrude.
(b) Nanni.
(c) Luciane.
(d) Ottilie.

15. How does Eduard plan to celebrate the finishing of the landscape improvements, as well as to show his affection for Ottilie?
(a) With a magnificent feast.
(b) By absconding with Ottilie.
(c) By giving gifts to the guests.
(d) With a fireworks show.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the mistress of the house think has a more-than-average interest in Ottilie?

2. Once the Captain leaves, what does Charlotte suggest to Eduard regarding Ottilie?

3. What activity are the married couple primarily engaged in at the beginning of the novel?

4. What provokes Eduard to cry out that Ottilie loves him?

5. What incident prompts the captain and Charlotte to kiss?

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