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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 building do the companions find, with pleasure, that can easily hold all four of them?

2. What does Eduard's note demand of Charlotte?

3. What building do the captain and Eduard decide to construct on the grounds of the estate?

4. What do the main characters decide to do with the three lakes on Eduard's estate?

5. How do Eduard and Charlotte act in front of the others the morning after they sleep together?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Eduard change in the wake of his realization of his passion for Ottilie?

2. Describe the Count and the Baroness and the circumstances surrounding them.

3. Why does Charlotte object to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate?

4. In Part I, Chapter 6, what activity becomes the clear marker of the shifting compatibilities of the four protagonists?

5. How does Eduard explain to Mittler how he feels and acts?

6. What changes in the Captain's future situation come to light in Part I, Chapter 14?

7. What sudden action does Eduard take after the Captain leaves the household?

8. Summarize the letters from the headmistress and the schoolmaster.

9. Describe Eduard's character, as the narrator paints it early in the novel.

10. What does Mittler do regarding Charlotte and Eduard's tense situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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 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?

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