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. How does Eduard view the tragedy?

2. Where does Eduard wait, at least for a little while, while the Major relays Eduard's plan to Charlotte?

3. Who had encouraged the house guest to come to the estate?

4. What is the general content of Ottilie's fourth journal entry?

5. What is Ottilie's relationship with the architect like?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What decision does Ottilie make that she normally never would, and what are the results of it?

3. Briefly summarize the story the foreign visitor tells to Charlotte and Ottilie.

4. What amusement does the Count suggest should occupy Luciane's energies?

5. How does Charlotte respond to the tragedy involving Ottilie and Otto?

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

7. What is the nature of the "pendulum experiment" that one of the foreign visitors proposes, why does he propose it, and what are its results?

8. What foreign visitor comes to the estate, and how do his views impact Charlotte and Ottilie?

9. How does Charlotte discover Eduard has rejoined the military, and how does she respond to this news?

10. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Apply the principle of "elective affinities," as discussed by Eduard, Charlotte, and the Captain in Part I, Chapter 4, to the novel in its entirety. Provide a short summary of the essence of the idea of elective affinities: what is it, and in which disciplines is it particularly useful? How do Eduard, Charlotte, and the Captain understand and explain this principle? Where do you find this principle most present in the various relationships between the four protagonists? Do you find aspects of elective affinities present in any of the minor characters, or in any of the portions of the novel that are not strictly related to the plot (such as letters, journals, and other stories)?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the significance of Ottilie's death, the circumstances surrounding it, and her specific method of death. What are the indirect and direct causes of her death, and what event or events precipitate her death? Can "starving" be related to any other instance, theme, interaction between characters, or symbol in the novel? Was Ottilie's death and her method of killing herself foreshadowed anywhere else in the novel? Who, if anyone, can be considered culpable in Ottilie's death, if it was a suicide? How does the method of Ottilie's death reflect her characteristic reliance on fate and on her own inaction (or the actions of others) throughout the rest of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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