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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. At whom does Eduard lose his temper while making the new plans for the estate?
2. How does Charlotte respond to Eduard's passion for Ottilie?
3. What letter does the Captain keep secret from his friends?
4. What idea of the male guest strikes Charlotte like a "thunderbolt?"
5. Where does Eduard live while away from his estate?
Short Essay Questions
1. What confusion does Eduard experience, after conducting the Count to a midnight visit with the Baroness?
2. What foreign visitor comes to the estate, and how do his views impact Charlotte and Ottilie?
3. What changes in the Captain's future situation come to light in Part I, Chapter 14?
4. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?
5. In Part I, Chapter 6, what activity becomes the clear marker of the shifting compatibilities of the four protagonists?
6. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?
7. Why does Charlotte object to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate?
8. What is the general substance of Ottilie's fourth journal entry?
9. What is the schoolmaster's general philosophy on teaching?
10. How does Eduard explain to Mittler how he feels and acts?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the role of the sciences which are mentioned or utilized in the novel: mathematics, chemistry, geography, history, natural science, architecture, and derivations of alchemy. What are the main and minor characters' views on the sciences? How are these sciences used in the novel? In the context of the early 19th century, what were the roles of various branches of science, and how were the sciences viewed in European culture? Where do you see connections between the actual cultural and historical context of this novel, and the references to the sciences within it?
Essay Topic 3
Choose two minor characters and discuss their significance to the main plot elements in which they appear, and how their presence, actions, or influence contribute to the thematic development of the novel as a whole. What are these minor characters' relationships with the four main characters, what social class do they occupy, and what of their personality traits seem important to you in describing their influence? How do the minor characters interact with and affect the main characters of the novel? What specific role do they have in the plot episode in which they appear? Do you think these characters or their presence in the novel symbolize anything? Suggestions for minor characters include: Herr Mittler, the architect, Luciane, Nanni, the Count, the Baroness, the schoolmaster, and the Englishman.
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