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 event precipitates the arrival of Charlotte's daughter at the estate?

2. How did Charlotte find out Eduard had joined the military?

3. Who is the Major?

4. In the wake of the tragedy, what is Charlotte and Ottilie's relationship with each other like?

5. How does Ottilie react in the wake of the tragedy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whom does Eduard meet when he walks through his own estate, and what is the significance of their meeting?

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

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

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

5. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consider the form, style, and content of the novel as a whole. What is the style of narrative discourse in which Goethe generally writes? What type of narrator is Goethe's narrator, and how does he use this figure as a mediation between the story and the reader? What are the effects on the narrative when the narrator occasionally switches verb tense? How does the occasional interspersion of letters and journal entries affect the "flow" of the novel, the reader's perspective of the characters, and the plot itself? How does this story fit into the genre of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the separation between social classes in the novel. What social class do Charlotte and Eduard belong to, and how is this apparent through their lifestyle and behavior? How does Eduard interact with those of different socioeconomic classes? How does the narrator treat servants, peasants, workmen, and others of lower social classes? Analyze in detail several instances in the novel in which the differences between upper and lower class people are apparent, whether in their respective actions or roles, or references made by specific characters or the narrator. Do the ways in which lower class people are treated or referred to in the novel open up possibilities for specifically sociopolitical interpretations of the book?

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