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 decision does Ottilie make that breaks her usual care and good sense?

2. How does Eduard envision Otto will be raised?

3. Who is the Major?

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

5. What was the architect's reason for not wishing his drawings to be shown to the whole company, as Luciane had entreated and Ottilie had encouraged?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the novel end?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Examine Luciane's character. What is her relation to Charlotte and Ottilie? How does Luciane's character compare specifically to Ottilie's character? What words or phrases best describe Luciane? What is notable about her interactions with others, and how do other characters feel about her and her presence at the estate? Does the narrator, through his use of tone or word choice, present Luciane in any particular manner? How does her characterization address the theme of self-contradiction in the novel? How does her character address the theme of public life versus private life in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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