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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the house guest's suggested remedy for children who do not follow in their parents' footsteps?

2. Which of Luciane's "experiments in moral regeneration" goes badly wrong?

3. Whom does Eduard meet unexpectedly as he walks?

4. What does Charlotte agree to, in the midst of the tragedy?

5. What faux pas does the foreign visitor's companion notice?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least two specific situations in the novel (these could be events, individual characters' reflections and thoughts, discussions between characters, or instances in which something symbolic is introduced by the narrator or a character) in which the themes of marriage, love, fidelity, passion, and/or adultery play a significant role. What differing views are provided of the institution of marriage (whether traditional, cultural, religious, or personal), and which characters express which views? How does the nature and origin of Charlotte and Eduard's marriage influence the development of the novel's plot? How are each main character's views on marriage significant to the development of the plot, of each character, and of the themes of marriage, fidelity, love, passion, and adultery?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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