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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. How do Eduard, Charlotte, and the captain speak of the concept of elective affinities?

2. What does the male guest criticize about the estate?

3. What gift does Ottilie find from Eduard when she returns to her room after the celebration?

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

5. In what activities do Charlotte and Ottilie engage the village girls?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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?

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