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 are Eduard's plans for Charlotte's future?

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

3. What is the long-term plan of the new house guest?

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

5. How does Eduard view the tragedy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does Eduard go to meet Ottilie, and what are the circumstances of their meeting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of the sciences which are mentioned or utilized in the novel: mathematics, chemistry, geography, history, natural science, architecture, and derivations of alchemy. What are the main and minor characters' views on the sciences? How are these sciences used in the novel? In the context of the early 19th century, what were the roles of various branches of science, and how were the sciences viewed in European culture? Where do you see connections between the actual cultural and historical context of this novel, and the references to the sciences within it?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the themes of embodiment, physicality, sexuality, and sensuality that are present in the novel. How do the characters' physical presence sometimes influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of other characters? What is the significance of inanimate objects such as letters, contracts, and trinkets embodying certain characters? Why might the narrator find it important to note, in Part II, Chapter 13, that just before Otto dies Ottilie experiences two distinct moments of true sensuality? How do Eduard and Charlotte interact each other in Part I, Chapter 11 by imagining their lovers embodied in each other? What episodes of, or references to, frank sexuality and sensuality do you think are important to an understanding of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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