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 is the long-term plan of the new house guest?

2. How does Eduard envision Otto will be raised?

3. How does Ottilie react in the wake of the tragedy?

4. What is the architect reluctant to show publicly?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the novel end?

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

3. In Part II, Chapter 9, where does Charlotte decide to live for a short time, and why?

4. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

5. How does Charlotte and Ottilie's relationship change after Otto's death?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Describe the circumstances of Ottilie's death.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Choose three symbolic objects, characters, places, or events in the novel and discuss their significance to the plot, character development, thematic evolution, and the narrative as a whole. Some examples of symbolism include: Ottilie's miniature portrait of her father; the crystal goblet engraved with "EO;" the moss hut and pavilion; the various celebrations for characters' birthdays; Eduard's decision to rejoin the military; the events at Otto's baptism; Ottilie's Moroccan chest; the fireworks at the lake; the relationship between the Count and the Baroness; the contract; the restoration of the chapel; Otto's death; Charlotte's changes to the burial grounds in the churchyard; and so on. What do your selected symbols mean for the characters in the novel and do they differ from how you the reader interpret them in your analysis of the narrative as a whole?

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