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. Where does Eduard wait, at least for a little while, while the Major relays Eduard's plan to Charlotte?

2. How does Ottilie die?

3. What is the premise of the story told by the foreign visitor?

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

5. Which unexpected visitor arrives during the performance of the artistic activity planned by the architect?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the novel end?

3. Which of Luciane's experiments in "moral regeneration" goes wrong, which Charlotte hears about after Luciane leaves the estate?

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

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

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

7. How does Ottilie respond to the tragedy involving herself and Otto?

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

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

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

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

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?

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