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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. Who addresses the crowd at the foundation stone ceremony?
2. At whom does Eduard lose his temper while making the new plans for the estate?
3. Whose idea is it to place the pavilion in its precise future spot?
4. What does the male guest criticize about the estate?
5. What is the second main project the male guest of the estate proposes to his hosts?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the substance of Charlotte and Eduard's argument at the beginning of Part I, Chapter 16, and how is it resolved?
2. Who is Herr Mittler, and what do Charlotte and Eduard ask for his help with?
3. In Part I, Chapter 6, what activity becomes the clear marker of the shifting compatibilities of the four protagonists?
4. For what reason does the foursome decide to build a pavilion?
5. What does the Baroness discover about Eduard, and how does she react to it?
6. What does Eduard decide to do to further his relationship with Ottilie, and how does this attempt end up?
7. What is the general substance of the mason's address during the ceremony of the foundation stone of the pavilion?
8. Where on the estate do the four protagonists increase their work, and for what coming occasion?
9. Describe the Count and the Baroness and the circumstances surrounding them.
10. Summarize the letters from the headmistress and the schoolmaster.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss at least two specific situations in the novel (these could be events, individual characters' reflections and thoughts, discussions between characters, or instances in which something symbolic is introduced by the narrator or a character) in which the themes of marriage, love, fidelity, passion, and/or adultery play a significant role. What differing views are provided of the institution of marriage (whether traditional, cultural, religious, or personal), and which characters express which views? How does the nature and origin of Charlotte and Eduard's marriage influence the development of the novel's plot? How are each main character's views on marriage significant to the development of the plot, of each character, and of the themes of marriage, fidelity, love, passion, and adultery?
Essay Topic 2
Choose two minor characters and discuss their significance to the main plot elements in which they appear, and how their presence, actions, or influence contribute to the thematic development of the novel as a whole. What are these minor characters' relationships with the four main characters, what social class do they occupy, and what of their personality traits seem important to you in describing their influence? How do the minor characters interact with and affect the main characters of the novel? What specific role do they have in the plot episode in which they appear? Do you think these characters or their presence in the novel symbolize anything? Suggestions for minor characters include: Herr Mittler, the architect, Luciane, Nanni, the Count, the Baroness, the schoolmaster, and the Englishman.
Essay Topic 3
Consider the personalities of the characters; the insight the reader gets into each of their minds, feelings, and motivations; and the topic of losing one's rational sense. Why is it important that the narrative structure allows each character's thoughts and feelings to be "visible" to the reader? What is significant about each character truly having a "mind" that can explain his or her actions to the reader? Offer at least two examples each of when specific characters think and act rationally, and when specific characters do not think and act rationally--that is, when they allow their passions to overtake them. What are the outcomes of each situation? How are other characters impacted by each instance? How does the narrator treat rational and irrational situations, feelings, and choices through his tone, language, and style? Is there any concrete judgment of the merits of either rationality or irrationality over the other?
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