Elective Affinities; Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 gift do Charlotte and Ottilie give the architect?

2. How does Eduard envision Otto will be raised?

3. What is the premise of the story told by the foreign visitor?

4. When is the only time Ottilie does not take Otto with her?

5. Where does Eduard ride to in order to await Ottilie's arrival at the beginning of Part II, Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the schoolmaster's general philosophy on teaching?

2. How does Eduard respond to the tragedy involving Ottilie and Otto?

3. What does Eduard plan with the Major regarding their relationships with Charlotte and Ottilie?

4. Which of Luciane's experiments in "moral regeneration" goes wrong, which Charlotte hears about after Luciane leaves the estate?

5. What plans does the architect have for the church?

6. Briefly describe Luciane, Charlotte's daughter from her first marriage.

7. What does Ottilie decide to embark upon as a career, and why?

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

9. Summarize the reason for the solicitor's visit to Charlotte, which is related at the beginning of Part II.

10. What is the substance of Eduard's proposition to the Major, and the Major's response to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Examine the role of human beings in shaping the natural landscape. What do the four protagonists use the land for? How do they view their use of it, and the general purpose the landscape has? Describe their relationship to the land in terms of the utilitarian, the picturesque, the beautiful, and/or the sublime? What does nature seem to symbolize for each character, and what is the significance of this symbolism? How might a reader interpret the protagonists' use of and relation to the land as a statement by Goethe about human interactions with nature in his own time and place?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Charlotte and Ottilie. How does the narrator describe them? How are their characters similar, and how do they differ? What is their relationship like at the beginning, middle, and end of the novel? What events, people, objects, or circumstances inform each woman's decisions, thoughts, feelings, and actions? What motivates each woman? How does the narrator treat each woman through the way he describes them and the specific language or tone he uses?

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