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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 the object of the insult Eduard receives indirectly from the Captain?

2. What does Eduard propose to sell to pay for the main project undertaken by the household?

3. At whom does Eduard lose his temper while making the new plans for the estate?

4. What is the name of the man who often visits the estate?

5. Where have the two young women mentioned in Part I, Chapter 1, been living for some years?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Ottilie act around the others when she arrives at the estate?

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

4. What counteroffer does Charlotte make to Eduard's proposal of the Captain's visit?

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

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

7. How does Eduard explain to Mittler how he feels and acts?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Ottilie's journal entries, which appear in Part II, Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9. How do they offer insight into Ottilie's character? What is the significance of the style she writes in? What type of language does she use? What subject matter does she consider? Why might the narrator decide to place them where he does (at the ends of several chapters in Part II)? What is the significance of the context of each letter? Do these letters function to give Ottilie a new role in the novel? Discuss these letters' significance to the themes of fate and of personal agency in the novel, as these themes relate to Ottilie herself. Concentrate on Ottilie's specific word choice, subject matter, context, metaphorical or figurative language, and tone.

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