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

2. What personal item does Eduard request Ottilie stop wearing?

3. What does the schoolmaster's second letter say about Ottilie, in general?

4. What language are the household servants ignorant of?

5. What does Eduard propose to sell to pay for the main project undertaken by the household?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Compare and contrast Eduard and the Captain (later the Major). What is the relationship between the two men and does this relationship change over the course of the novel? How are their characters similar, and how do they differ? What informs each man's thoughts, feelings, and decisions? How does each man react to his own desires, and to adversity? Does the narrator describe each man and his respective feelings, thoughts, and actions in any particular way that offers insights or critiques into his character?

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