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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At whom does Eduard lose his temper while making the new plans for the estate?

2. What nickname do both the master of the estate and his male guest share?

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

4. What frightening event mars the celebration Eduard had so carefully planned?

5. What subject do Eduard and his male guest discuss in the night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What confusion does Eduard experience, after conducting the Count to a midnight visit with the Baroness?

2. Summarize the event which results in Eduard finding himself attracted to Ottilie.

3. What changes in the Captain's future situation come to light in Part I, Chapter 14?

4. Where on the estate do the four protagonists increase their work, and for what coming occasion?

5. Why does Charlotte object to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate?

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

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

8. How does Eduard explain to Mittler how he feels and acts?

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

10. In Part I, Chapter 6, what activity becomes the clear marker of the shifting compatibilities of the four protagonists?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Luciane's character. What is her relation to Charlotte and Ottilie? How does Luciane's character compare specifically to Ottilie's character? What words or phrases best describe Luciane? What is notable about her interactions with others, and how do other characters feel about her and her presence at the estate? Does the narrator, through his use of tone or word choice, present Luciane in any particular manner? How does her characterization address the theme of self-contradiction in the novel? How does her character address the theme of public life versus private life in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

What roles do religion, faith, God, and fate or predestination play in the novel? How do each of the four main characters seem to approach these things in their daily lives and in their interactions with one another? What is the significance of the restoration of the village church and chapel and of the decorations within? What significance does Otto's baptism and the words and actions of the clergymen involved have to the general themes of faith and religion in the text? How is Nanni's accident at the end of the novel viewed and treated by the people of the village. For the villagers, what do Nanni and Ottilie become? How is Ottilie's character formed in relation to the symbols of specifically the Christian religion?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the themes of embodiment, physicality, sexuality, and sensuality that are present in the novel. How do the characters' physical presence sometimes influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of other characters? What is the significance of inanimate objects such as letters, contracts, and trinkets embodying certain characters? Why might the narrator find it important to note, in Part II, Chapter 13, that just before Otto dies Ottilie experiences two distinct moments of true sensuality? How do Eduard and Charlotte interact each other in Part I, Chapter 11 by imagining their lovers embodied in each other? What episodes of, or references to, frank sexuality and sensuality do you think are important to an understanding of the novel?

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