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Elective Affinities; Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What habit does Eduard change as a result of Ottilie's presence and influence?



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



3. What prevents Eduard from going through with his plan to keep Ottilie always near him?



4. What building has been completed for the celebration planned by Eduard and the Captain?



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



Short Essay Questions

1. What decision does Ottilie make that she normally never would, and what are the results of it?



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



3. Whom does Eduard meet when he walks through his own estate, and what is the significance of their meeting?



4. How does Charlotte discover Eduard has rejoined the military, and how does she respond to this news?



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



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



7. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?



8. Summarize the events which occur on Ottilie's birthday.



9. What is the general substance of Ottilie's fourth journal entry?



10. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?



Essay Topics

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?

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?

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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