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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

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 2

Examine the role of the sciences which are mentioned or utilized in the novel: mathematics, chemistry, geography, history, natural science, architecture, and derivations of alchemy. What are the main and minor characters' views on the sciences? How are these sciences used in the novel? In the context of the early 19th century, what were the roles of various branches of science, and how were the sciences viewed in European culture? Where do you see connections between the actual cultural and historical context of this novel, and the references to the sciences within it?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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