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 Ottilie die?

2. What is the general mood of the household when all four protagonists live there together again?

3. How does Ottilie respond to Luciane's arrival?

4. Under what condition does Ottilie feel she could forgive herself?

5. On which procession of people does the new house guest, who arrived during Ottilie's artistic activity, exercise his craft and calling?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the circumstances of Ottilie's death.

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

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

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

5. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Charlotte and Ottilie. How does the narrator describe them? How are their characters similar, and how do they differ? What is their relationship like at the beginning, middle, and end of the novel? What events, people, objects, or circumstances inform each woman's decisions, thoughts, feelings, and actions? What motivates each woman? How does the narrator treat each woman through the way he describes them and the specific language or tone he uses?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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