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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 object of the insult Eduard receives indirectly from the Captain?

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

3. What general plans do Eduard and the captain have for the estate?

4. At whom does Eduard lose his temper while making the new plans for the estate?

5. What does Eduard focus on in his solitude?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Ottilie act around the others when she arrives at the estate?

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

8. How does Eduard explain to Mittler how he feels and acts?

9. Where on the estate do the four protagonists increase their work, and for what coming occasion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Luciane's character. What is her relation to Charlotte and Ottilie? How does Luciane's character compare specifically to Ottilie's character? What words or phrases best describe Luciane? What is notable about her interactions with others, and how do other characters feel about her and her presence at the estate? Does the narrator, through his use of tone or word choice, present Luciane in any particular manner? How does her characterization address the theme of self-contradiction in the novel? How does her character address the theme of public life versus private life in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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