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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. Who addresses the crowd at the foundation stone ceremony?

3. Where does Eduard live while away from his estate?

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

5. What service does Ottilie volunteer to do for Eduard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly summarize the story behind Eduard and Charlotte's marriage.

2. Summarize the letters from the headmistress and the schoolmaster.

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

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

5. Who is Herr Mittler, and what do Charlotte and Eduard ask for his help with?

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

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

8. What is the general substance of the mason's address during the ceremony of the foundation stone of the pavilion?

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

10. For what reason does the foursome decide to build a pavilion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Charlotte and Ottilie. How does the narrator describe them? How are their characters similar, and how do they differ? What is their relationship like at the beginning, middle, and end of the novel? What events, people, objects, or circumstances inform each woman's decisions, thoughts, feelings, and actions? What motivates each woman? How does the narrator treat each woman through the way he describes them and the specific language or tone he uses?

Essay Topic 3

Choose three symbolic objects, characters, places, or events in the novel and discuss their significance to the plot, character development, thematic evolution, and the narrative as a whole. Some examples of symbolism include: Ottilie's miniature portrait of her father; the crystal goblet engraved with "EO;" the moss hut and pavilion; the various celebrations for characters' birthdays; Eduard's decision to rejoin the military; the events at Otto's baptism; Ottilie's Moroccan chest; the fireworks at the lake; the relationship between the Count and the Baroness; the contract; the restoration of the chapel; Otto's death; Charlotte's changes to the burial grounds in the churchyard; and so on. What do your selected symbols mean for the characters in the novel and do they differ from how you the reader interpret them in your analysis of the narrative as a whole?

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