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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 general plans do Eduard and the captain have for the estate?
2. What is the general content of the postscript of the headmistress's letter to the mistress of the estate?
3. What personal item does Eduard request Ottilie stop wearing?
4. What language do Charlotte and Ottilie speak when they are alone?
5. Who addresses the crowd at the foundation stone ceremony?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the general substance of the mason's address during the ceremony of the foundation stone of the pavilion?
2. For what reason does the foursome decide to build a pavilion?
3. In Part I, Chapter 6, what activity becomes the clear marker of the shifting compatibilities of the four protagonists?
4. Why does Charlotte object to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate?
5. What confusion does Eduard experience, after conducting the Count to a midnight visit with the Baroness?
6. What changes in the Captain's future situation come to light in Part I, Chapter 14?
7. How does Eduard explain to Mittler how he feels and acts?
8. Where on the estate do the four protagonists increase their work, and for what coming occasion?
9. What does Mittler do regarding Charlotte and Eduard's tense situation?
10. What does the Baroness discover about Eduard, and how does she react to it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine the significance of Ottilie's death, the circumstances surrounding it, and her specific method of death. What are the indirect and direct causes of her death, and what event or events precipitate her death? Can "starving" be related to any other instance, theme, interaction between characters, or symbol in the novel? Was Ottilie's death and her method of killing herself foreshadowed anywhere else in the novel? Who, if anyone, can be considered culpable in Ottilie's death, if it was a suicide? How does the method of Ottilie's death reflect her characteristic reliance on fate and on her own inaction (or the actions of others) throughout the rest of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Choose two minor characters and discuss their significance to the main plot elements in which they appear, and how their presence, actions, or influence contribute to the thematic development of the novel as a whole. What are these minor characters' relationships with the four main characters, what social class do they occupy, and what of their personality traits seem important to you in describing their influence? How do the minor characters interact with and affect the main characters of the novel? What specific role do they have in the plot episode in which they appear? Do you think these characters or their presence in the novel symbolize anything? Suggestions for minor characters include: Herr Mittler, the architect, Luciane, Nanni, the Count, the Baroness, the schoolmaster, and the Englishman.
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