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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 idea of the male guest strikes Charlotte like a "thunderbolt?"
(a) The man suggests that Charlotte and Eduard divorce so they may marry others.
(b) The man feels Ottilie is dull company, and he advises Charlotte to turn her out of the house.
(c) The man advises Charlotte to run away with the Captain since they are clearly in love.
(d) The man would like to recommend the Captain to a position with a high powered friend.

2. 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) Drain one of the lakes to irrigate the fields.
(c) Sell the land rights around the largest lake.
(d) Reinforce all three dams to prevent flooding.

3. What building do the companions find, with pleasure, that can easily hold all four of them?
(a) The chapel.
(b) The main house.
(c) The pavilion.
(d) The moss hut.

4. What prevents Eduard from going through with his plan to keep Ottilie always near him?
(a) Ottilie's efforts to distract Charlotte are so transparent that Charlotte suspects them both.
(b) The moss hut begins to crumble and fall apart and is not comfortable as a love-nest.
(c) Eduard is unable to secure passage into England for himself and Ottilie.
(d) The first letters between him and Ottilie fall and are picked up by others.

5. Whose idea is it to place the pavilion in its precise future spot?
(a) The Captain's.
(b) Charlotte's.
(c) Ottilie's.
(d) Eduard's.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is notable about the letters Eduard writes to Ottilie?

3. What is the name of Charlotte's daughter?

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

5. What does the female guest find disagreeable in Eduard?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ottilie and Charlotte's relationship change in Part I, Chapter 17?

2. Summarize the events which occur on Ottilie's birthday.

3. What is the substance of Charlotte and Eduard's argument at the beginning of Part I, Chapter 16, and how is it resolved?

4. Summarize the concept of "elective affinities," and describe how the Captain, Eduard, and Charlotte formulate their discussion of this concept.

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

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

7. For what reason does the foursome decide to build a pavilion?

8. How does Ottilie occupy herself after Charlotte and Eduard's confrontation and Eduard's subsequent actions?

9. Describe Eduard's estate and his, the Captain's, and Charlotte's general plans for it.

10. Describe Eduard's and the Captain's interactions with members of the lower social classes.

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