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. Who is the Major?

2. Which character comes more into the forefront of Charlotte and Ottilie's life after Eduard's departure?

3. What event endangers the protagonists of the story?

4. Which of Luciane's "experiments in moral regeneration" goes badly wrong?

5. What, in general, describes Luciane's personality?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is problematic about Luciane's interactions with other people, and what is one example of this?

6. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?

7. Where does Eduard go to meet Ottilie, and what are the circumstances of their meeting?

8. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

9. What is the general substance of Ottilie's first journal entry, at the end of Part II, Chapter 2?

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

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 Ottilie's character as it evolves over the entire course of the novel. What is Ottilie like in the beginning of the book, in the middle, and by the end? How does she express her thoughts and feelings? What sort of language does she use, and how does the narrator describe her directly and indirectly? What notable actions does Ottilie take through the course of the novel, and what motivates these actions? How are your perceptions of her shaped by Ottilie herself, by other characters, and by the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

What roles do religion, faith, God, and fate or predestination play in the novel? How do each of the four main characters seem to approach these things in their daily lives and in their interactions with one another? What is the significance of the restoration of the village church and chapel and of the decorations within? What significance does Otto's baptism and the words and actions of the clergymen involved have to the general themes of faith and religion in the text? How is Nanni's accident at the end of the novel viewed and treated by the people of the village. For the villagers, what do Nanni and Ottilie become? How is Ottilie's character formed in relation to the symbols of specifically the Christian religion?

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