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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. After hearing of Charlotte's physical condition, how does Eduard feel?
2. How does Eduard plan to celebrate the finishing of the landscape improvements, as well as to show his affection for Ottilie?
3. In what activities do Charlotte and Ottilie engage the village girls?
4. How does Eduard view his previous feelings of love, before he loved Ottilie?
5. What objects on Eduard's property are exactly the same age as Ottilie?
Short Essay Questions
1. Summarize the concept of "elective affinities," and describe how the Captain, Eduard, and Charlotte formulate their discussion of this concept.
2. How does Ottilie occupy herself after Charlotte and Eduard's confrontation and Eduard's subsequent actions?
3. What does Eduard decide to do to further his relationship with Ottilie, and how does this attempt end up?
4. What sudden action does Eduard take after the Captain leaves the household?
5. How does Ottilie act around the others when she arrives at the estate?
6. Why does Charlotte object to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate?
7. How does Eduard explain to Mittler how he feels and acts?
8. What does the Baroness discover about Eduard, and how does she react to it?
9. What event leads to a sexually charged encounter between Charlotte and the Captain, and how does Charlotte react to it?
10. How do the four protagonists' relationships change after Eduard evinces a passion for Ottilie?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose three symbolic objects, characters, places, or events in the novel and discuss their significance to the plot, character development, thematic evolution, and the narrative as a whole. Some examples of symbolism include: Ottilie's miniature portrait of her father; the crystal goblet engraved with "EO;" the moss hut and pavilion; the various celebrations for characters' birthdays; Eduard's decision to rejoin the military; the events at Otto's baptism; Ottilie's Moroccan chest; the fireworks at the lake; the relationship between the Count and the Baroness; the contract; the restoration of the chapel; Otto's death; Charlotte's changes to the burial grounds in the churchyard; and so on. What do your selected symbols mean for the characters in the novel and do they differ from how you the reader interpret them in your analysis of the narrative as a whole?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Consider the form, style, and content of the novel as a whole. What is the style of narrative discourse in which Goethe generally writes? What type of narrator is Goethe's narrator, and how does he use this figure as a mediation between the story and the reader? What are the effects on the narrative when the narrator occasionally switches verb tense? How does the occasional interspersion of letters and journal entries affect the "flow" of the novel, the reader's perspective of the characters, and the plot itself? How does this story fit into the genre of the novel?
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