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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. In what activities do Charlotte and Ottilie engage the village girls?

2. What language are the household servants ignorant of?

3. What does Eduard focus on in his solitude?

4. What does the schoolmaster's second letter say about Ottilie, in general?

5. What do the main characters decide to do with the three lakes on Eduard's estate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Eduard's character, as the narrator paints it early in the novel.

2. Summarize the events which occur on Ottilie's birthday.

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

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

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

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

7. What does Eduard decide to do to further his relationship with Ottilie, and how does this attempt end up?

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

9. In Part I, Chapter 6, what activity becomes the clear marker of the shifting compatibilities of the four protagonists?

10. Describe the Count and the Baroness and the circumstances surrounding them.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Discuss the themes of sin and repentance in the novel. What kinds of "sins" are displayed throughout the novel, and what acts (if any) of "repentance" are connected to those sins? In which ways do the various characters attempt to repent, and what are they repenting for? Do any characters exemplify the theme of repentance more or less than others? If so, what is the significance of this difference in the various characters' perspectives of repentance? What are the religious and/or moral significance or connotations of repentance?

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