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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 is the second main project the male guest of the estate proposes to his hosts?

3. Who visits Charlotte and decides to take her news back to Eduard?

4. What is one notable pet peeve of the master of the estate?

5. Once the Captain leaves, what does Charlotte suggest to Eduard regarding Ottilie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what reason does the foursome decide to build a pavilion?

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

4. Summarize the event which results in Eduard finding himself attracted to Ottilie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address the question of the "moral of the story": does the novel possess a clear, concise moral message? Do contradictions and problems exist in the novel that could complicate the moral message of the novel? What is the relationship between religion and morality? Does the narrator, through tone or word choice, appear to either pass judgment or encourage readers to judge characters and their actions? Are there problems, as a reader and critical reader of the novel, in forming moral judgments on specific characters?

Essay Topic 3

What roles do religion, faith, God, and fate or predestination play in the novel? How do each of the four main characters seem to approach these things in their daily lives and in their interactions with one another? What is the significance of the restoration of the village church and chapel and of the decorations within? What significance does Otto's baptism and the words and actions of the clergymen involved have to the general themes of faith and religion in the text? How is Nanni's accident at the end of the novel viewed and treated by the people of the village. For the villagers, what do Nanni and Ottilie become? How is Ottilie's character formed in relation to the symbols of specifically the Christian religion?

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