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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 Topic 1
Consider the personalities of the characters; the insight the reader gets into each of their minds, feelings, and motivations; and the topic of losing one's rational sense. Why is it important that the narrative structure allows each character's thoughts and feelings to be "visible" to the reader? What is significant about each character truly having a "mind" that can explain his or her actions to the reader? Offer at least two examples each of when specific characters think and act rationally, and when specific characters do not think and act rationally--that is, when they allow their passions to overtake them. What are the outcomes of each situation? How are other characters impacted by each instance? How does the narrator treat rational and irrational situations, feelings, and choices through his tone, language, and style? Is there any concrete judgment of the merits of either rationality or irrationality over the other?
Essay Topic 2
Choose two minor characters and discuss their significance to the main plot elements in which they appear, and how their presence, actions, or influence contribute to the thematic development of the novel as a whole. What are these minor characters' relationships with the four main characters, what social class do they occupy, and what of their personality traits seem important to you in describing their influence? How do the minor characters interact with and affect the main characters of the novel? What specific role do they have in the plot episode in which they appear? Do you think these characters or their presence in the novel symbolize anything? Suggestions for minor characters include: Herr Mittler, the architect, Luciane, Nanni, the Count, the Baroness, the schoolmaster, and the Englishman.
Essay Topic 3
Consider the form, style, and content of the novel as a whole. What is the style of narrative discourse in which Goethe generally writes? What type of narrator is Goethe's narrator, and how does he use this figure as a mediation between the story and the reader? What are the effects on the narrative when the narrator occasionally switches verb tense? How does the occasional interspersion of letters and journal entries affect the "flow" of the novel, the reader's perspective of the characters, and the plot itself? How does this story fit into the genre of the novel?
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