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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 objects on Eduard's property are exactly the same age as Ottilie?

2. What provokes Eduard to cry out that Ottilie loves him?

3. What is the general content of the postscript of the headmistress's letter to the mistress of the estate?

4. What event leads Eduard to begin to be physically attracted to Ottilie?

5. Who does the mistress of the house think has a more-than-average interest in Ottilie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Baroness discover about Eduard, and how does she react to it?

2. What event leads to a sexually charged encounter between Charlotte and the Captain, and how does Charlotte react to it?

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

4. Describe Eduard's estate and his, the Captain's, and Charlotte's general plans for it.

5. What is the substance of Charlotte and Eduard's argument at the beginning of Part I, Chapter 16, and how is it resolved?

6. How does Ottilie occupy herself after Charlotte and Eduard's confrontation and Eduard's subsequent actions?

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

8. What confusion does Eduard experience, after conducting the Count to a midnight visit with the Baroness?

9. Summarize the concept of "elective affinities," and describe how the Captain, Eduard, and Charlotte formulate their discussion of this concept.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine the themes of embodiment, physicality, sexuality, and sensuality that are present in the novel. How do the characters' physical presence sometimes influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of other characters? What is the significance of inanimate objects such as letters, contracts, and trinkets embodying certain characters? Why might the narrator find it important to note, in Part II, Chapter 13, that just before Otto dies Ottilie experiences two distinct moments of true sensuality? How do Eduard and Charlotte interact each other in Part I, Chapter 11 by imagining their lovers embodied in each other? What episodes of, or references to, frank sexuality and sensuality do you think are important to an understanding of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Choose three symbolic objects, characters, places, or events in the novel and discuss their significance to the plot, character development, thematic evolution, and the narrative as a whole. Some examples of symbolism include: Ottilie's miniature portrait of her father; the crystal goblet engraved with "EO;" the moss hut and pavilion; the various celebrations for characters' birthdays; Eduard's decision to rejoin the military; the events at Otto's baptism; Ottilie's Moroccan chest; the fireworks at the lake; the relationship between the Count and the Baroness; the contract; the restoration of the chapel; Otto's death; Charlotte's changes to the burial grounds in the churchyard; and so on. What do your selected symbols mean for the characters in the novel and do they differ from how you the reader interpret them in your analysis of the narrative as a whole?

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