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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 does Eduard view his previous feelings of love, before he loved Ottilie?

2. What nickname do both the master of the estate and his male guest share?

3. How do Eduard and Charlotte act in front of the others the morning after they sleep together?

4. What request does Eduard make of the person who visits him in his solitude?

5. What is the name of the peasant girl who attaches herself to Ottilie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Eduard's and the Captain's interactions with members of the lower social classes.

3. What event leads to a sexually charged encounter between Charlotte and the Captain, and how does Charlotte react to it?

4. What counteroffer does Charlotte make to Eduard's proposal of the Captain's visit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of Herr Mittler and the theme of mediation in the novel. What is Herr Mittler's role, and how does he "play his part" by interacting in specific ways with the other characters? How does the narrator act as a mediator between the reader and the characters, plot, and moral of the story? Mediation means to "come between" things--are there any other mediating forces in the novel, besides Mittler, such as other characters, events, settings, objects, ideas, and so on?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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