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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 is one subject of the guests and hosts' conversation during the group's first dinner together?

2. What service does Ottilie volunteer to do for Eduard?

3. What activity does the male guest propose to his hosts upon his first look at the lands around the estate?

4. What event do the men resolve should mark the celebratory finishing date of their various improvements to the landscape of the estate?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Eduard's and the Captain's interactions with members of the lower social classes.

2. How does Ottilie and Charlotte's relationship change in Part I, Chapter 17?

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

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

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

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

7. Where on the estate do the four protagonists increase their work, and for what coming occasion?

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

9. What is the general substance of the mason's address during the ceremony of the foundation stone of the pavilion?

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 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 2

Examine Ottilie's journal entries, which appear in Part II, Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9. How do they offer insight into Ottilie's character? What is the significance of the style she writes in? What type of language does she use? What subject matter does she consider? Why might the narrator decide to place them where he does (at the ends of several chapters in Part II)? What is the significance of the context of each letter? Do these letters function to give Ottilie a new role in the novel? Discuss these letters' significance to the themes of fate and of personal agency in the novel, as these themes relate to Ottilie herself. Concentrate on Ottilie's specific word choice, subject matter, context, metaphorical or figurative language, and tone.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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