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 conflicting feelings continuously torment Ottilie?

2. What building does the architect persuade Charlotte to restore?

3. What portion of the building being restored will receive special attention through painted decorations?

4. What activity does the Count suggest would benefit from Luciane's personality?

5. What activity of Luciane's, meant to amuse the company, ends up with Luciane looking foolish?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first faux pas the foreign visitor commits, and why is it a social flub?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How do Eduard, Charlotte, and Ottilie act once they are all living in the same house together again?

10. How does Charlotte and Ottilie's relationship change after Otto's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Address the question of the "moral of the story": does the novel possess a clear, concise moral message? Do contradictions and problems exist in the novel that could complicate the moral message of the novel? What is the relationship between religion and morality? Does the narrator, through tone or word choice, appear to either pass judgment or encourage readers to judge characters and their actions? Are there problems, as a reader and critical reader of the novel, in forming moral judgments on specific characters?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the role of the sciences which are mentioned or utilized in the novel: mathematics, chemistry, geography, history, natural science, architecture, and derivations of alchemy. What are the main and minor characters' views on the sciences? How are these sciences used in the novel? In the context of the early 19th century, what were the roles of various branches of science, and how were the sciences viewed in European culture? Where do you see connections between the actual cultural and historical context of this novel, and the references to the sciences within it?

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