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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 name of the man who often visits the estate?

2. What incident prompts the captain and Charlotte to kiss?

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

4. What trait is the man who often visits the estate known for?

5. How is the female guest of the estate related to the mistress of the estate?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charlotte and Ottilie's relationship change after Otto's death?

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

3. How do the four protagonists' relationships change after Eduard evinces a passion for Ottilie?

4. How do Eduard, Charlotte, and Ottilie act once they are all living in the same house together again?

5. Why does Charlotte object to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate?

6. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?

7. Summarize the reason for the solicitor's visit to Charlotte, which is related at the beginning of Part II.

8. Describe the circumstances of Ottilie's death.

9. Where does Eduard go to meet Ottilie, and what are the circumstances of their meeting?

10. How does Eduard change in the wake of his realization of his passion for Ottilie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the separation between social classes in the novel. What social class do Charlotte and Eduard belong to, and how is this apparent through their lifestyle and behavior? How does Eduard interact with those of different socioeconomic classes? How does the narrator treat servants, peasants, workmen, and others of lower social classes? Analyze in detail several instances in the novel in which the differences between upper and lower class people are apparent, whether in their respective actions or roles, or references made by specific characters or the narrator. Do the ways in which lower class people are treated or referred to in the novel open up possibilities for specifically sociopolitical interpretations of the book?

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

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?

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