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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 does Eduard convince Ottilie of regarding Charlotte and/or the Captain?

2. What becomes the focus of Eduard's efforts regarding the landscape improvements around the estate?

3. What is the object of the insult Eduard receives indirectly from the Captain?

4. How does the narrator describe Charlotte when Eduard comes to make love to her?

5. What nickname do both the master of the estate and his male guest share?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What event leads to a sexually charged encounter between Charlotte and the Captain, and how does Charlotte react to it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Ottilie's character as it evolves over the entire course of the novel. What is Ottilie like in the beginning of the book, in the middle, and by the end? How does she express her thoughts and feelings? What sort of language does she use, and how does the narrator describe her directly and indirectly? What notable actions does Ottilie take through the course of the novel, and what motivates these actions? How are your perceptions of her shaped by Ottilie herself, by other characters, and by the narrator?

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 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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