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. Who helps decorate the building which has been designated for restoration?

2. What conflicting feelings continuously torment Ottilie?

3. What effect does the foreign visitor to the estate have on Ottilie, when he expounds upon the uselessness of over improving the land?

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

5. What thought about Ottilie's future preoccupies Charlotte?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the nature of the "pendulum experiment" that one of the foreign visitors proposes, why does he propose it, and what are its results?

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

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

9. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Ottilie's journal entries, which appear in Part II, Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9. How do they offer insight into Ottilie's character? What is the significance of the style she writes in? What type of language does she use? What subject matter does she consider? Why might the narrator decide to place them where he does (at the ends of several chapters in Part II)? What is the significance of the context of each letter? Do these letters function to give Ottilie a new role in the novel? Discuss these letters' significance to the themes of fate and of personal agency in the novel, as these themes relate to Ottilie herself. Concentrate on Ottilie's specific word choice, subject matter, context, metaphorical or figurative language, and tone.

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

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)?

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