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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 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

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Discuss the themes of sin and repentance in the novel. What kinds of "sins" are displayed throughout the novel, and what acts (if any) of "repentance" are connected to those sins? In which ways do the various characters attempt to repent, and what are they repenting for? Do any characters exemplify the theme of repentance more or less than others? If so, what is the significance of this difference in the various characters' perspectives of repentance? What are the religious and/or moral significance or connotations of repentance?

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