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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. What is one subject of the guests and hosts' conversation during the group's first dinner together?

3. After hearing of Charlotte's physical condition, how does Eduard feel?

4. What frightening event mars the celebration Eduard had so carefully planned?

5. Who visits Charlotte and decides to take her news back to Eduard?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Summarize the event which results in Eduard finding himself attracted to Ottilie.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Consider the form, style, and content of the novel as a whole. What is the style of narrative discourse in which Goethe generally writes? What type of narrator is Goethe's narrator, and how does he use this figure as a mediation between the story and the reader? What are the effects on the narrative when the narrator occasionally switches verb tense? How does the occasional interspersion of letters and journal entries affect the "flow" of the novel, the reader's perspective of the characters, and the plot itself? How does this story fit into the genre of the novel?

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