Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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 habit does Eduard change as a result of Ottilie's presence and influence?
2. At whom does Eduard lose his temper while making the new plans for the estate?
3. What prevents Eduard from going through with his plan to keep Ottilie always near him?
4. What building has been completed for the celebration planned by Eduard and the Captain?
5. What is one subject of the guests and hosts' conversation during the group's first dinner together?
Short Essay Questions
1. What decision does Ottilie make that she normally never would, and what are the results of it?
2. What is the general substance of the mason's address during the ceremony of the foundation stone of the pavilion?
3. Whom does Eduard meet when he walks through his own estate, and what is the significance of their meeting?
4. How does Charlotte discover Eduard has rejoined the military, and how does she respond to this news?
5. Briefly summarize the story behind Eduard and Charlotte's marriage.
6. Summarize the letters from the headmistress and the schoolmaster.
7. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?
8. Summarize the events which occur on Ottilie's birthday.
9. What is the general substance of Ottilie's fourth journal entry?
10. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?
Essay Topic 1
Apply the principle of "elective affinities," as discussed by Eduard, Charlotte, and the Captain in Part I, Chapter 4, to the novel in its entirety. Provide a short summary of the essence of the idea of elective affinities: what is it, and in which disciplines is it particularly useful? How do Eduard, Charlotte, and the Captain understand and explain this principle? Where do you find this principle most present in the various relationships between the four protagonists? Do you find aspects of elective affinities present in any of the minor characters, or in any of the portions of the novel that are not strictly related to the plot (such as letters, journals, and other stories)?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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