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. Which character comes more into the forefront of Charlotte and Ottilie's life after Eduard's departure?

2. In the wake of the tragedy, what is Charlotte and Ottilie's relationship with each other like?

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

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

5. How did Charlotte find out Eduard had joined the military?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Eduard plan with the Major regarding their relationships with Charlotte and Ottilie?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the personalities of the characters; the insight the reader gets into each of their minds, feelings, and motivations; and the topic of losing one's rational sense. Why is it important that the narrative structure allows each character's thoughts and feelings to be "visible" to the reader? What is significant about each character truly having a "mind" that can explain his or her actions to the reader? Offer at least two examples each of when specific characters think and act rationally, and when specific characters do not think and act rationally--that is, when they allow their passions to overtake them. What are the outcomes of each situation? How are other characters impacted by each instance? How does the narrator treat rational and irrational situations, feelings, and choices through his tone, language, and style? Is there any concrete judgment of the merits of either rationality or irrationality over the other?

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

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?

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