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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 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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Address the question of the "moral of the story": does the novel possess a clear, concise moral message? Do contradictions and problems exist in the novel that could complicate the moral message of the novel? What is the relationship between religion and morality? Does the narrator, through tone or word choice, appear to either pass judgment or encourage readers to judge characters and their actions? Are there problems, as a reader and critical reader of the novel, in forming moral judgments on specific characters?
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