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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

Examine the significance of Ottilie's death, the circumstances surrounding it, and her specific method of death. What are the indirect and direct causes of her death, and what event or events precipitate her death? Can "starving" be related to any other instance, theme, interaction between characters, or symbol in the novel? Was Ottilie's death and her method of killing herself foreshadowed anywhere else in the novel? Who, if anyone, can be considered culpable in Ottilie's death, if it was a suicide? How does the method of Ottilie's death reflect her characteristic reliance on fate and on her own inaction (or the actions of others) throughout the rest of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Ottilie's character as it evolves over the entire course of the novel. What is Ottilie like in the beginning of the book, in the middle, and by the end? How does she express her thoughts and feelings? What sort of language does she use, and how does the narrator describe her directly and indirectly? What notable actions does Ottilie take through the course of the novel, and what motivates these actions? How are your perceptions of her shaped by Ottilie herself, by other characters, and by the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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