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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What habit does Eduard change as a result of Ottilie's presence and influence?

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

3. What prevents Eduard from going through with his plan to keep Ottilie always near him?

4. What building has been completed for the celebration planned by Eduard and the Captain?

5. What is one subject of the guests and hosts' conversation during the group's first dinner together?

Short Essay Questions

1. What decision does Ottilie make that she normally never would, and what are the results of it?

2. What is the general substance of the mason's address during the ceremony of the foundation stone of the pavilion?

3. Whom does Eduard meet when he walks through his own estate, and what is the significance of their meeting?

4. How does Charlotte discover Eduard has rejoined the military, and how does she respond to this news?

5. Briefly summarize the story behind Eduard and Charlotte's marriage.

6. Summarize the letters from the headmistress and the schoolmaster.

7. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

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

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

10. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Eduard and the Captain (later the Major). What is the relationship between the two men and does this relationship change over the course of the novel? How are their characters similar, and how do they differ? What informs each man's thoughts, feelings, and decisions? How does each man react to his own desires, and to adversity? Does the narrator describe each man and his respective feelings, thoughts, and actions in any particular way that offers insights or critiques into his character?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of human beings in shaping the natural landscape. What do the four protagonists use the land for? How do they view their use of it, and the general purpose the landscape has? Describe their relationship to the land in terms of the utilitarian, the picturesque, the beautiful, and/or the sublime? What does nature seem to symbolize for each character, and what is the significance of this symbolism? How might a reader interpret the protagonists' use of and relation to the land as a statement by Goethe about human interactions with nature in his own time and place?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the separation between social classes in the novel. What social class do Charlotte and Eduard belong to, and how is this apparent through their lifestyle and behavior? How does Eduard interact with those of different socioeconomic classes? How does the narrator treat servants, peasants, workmen, and others of lower social classes? Analyze in detail several instances in the novel in which the differences between upper and lower class people are apparent, whether in their respective actions or roles, or references made by specific characters or the narrator. Do the ways in which lower class people are treated or referred to in the novel open up possibilities for specifically sociopolitical interpretations of the book?

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