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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is notable about the letters Eduard writes to Ottilie?
(a) Charlotte intercepts the letters and answers them in Ottilie's handwriting.
(b) The content of the letters is illegible, mad gibberish.
(c) The letters always come back in the post as "undeliverable."
(d) Eduard also writes responses and signs them with Ottilie's name.

2. What request does Eduard make of the person who visits him in his solitude?
(a) For the person's forgiveness and blessing.
(b) That this person take a letter to Ottilie.
(c) For a loan so he may buy a new house.
(d) This person's help in obtaining a divorce.

3. 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 farmstead house.
(d) In a room above the town inn.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What personality trait is notable about Ottilie?

2. Early in the novel, what is the general feeling among the four main occupants of the household?

3. How do Eduard and Ottilie unexpectedly prove their compatibility with one another?

4. What gift does Ottilie find from Eduard when she returns to her room after the celebration?

5. After Charlotte confronts him, what does Eduard resolve to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Eduard's character, as the narrator paints it early in the novel.

2. In Part II, Chapter 9, where does Charlotte decide to live for a short time, and why?

3. How do the four protagonists' relationships change after Eduard evinces a passion for Ottilie?

4. How does the novel end?

5. What does the Baroness discover about Eduard, and how does she react to it?

6. What is the general substance of Ottilie's fourth journal entry?

7. Which of Luciane's experiments in "moral regeneration" goes wrong, which Charlotte hears about after Luciane leaves the estate?

8. How does Ottilie act around the others when she arrives at the estate?

9. What is the substance of Eduard's proposition to the Major, and the Major's response to it?

10. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

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