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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. Why does Ottilie avoid a path by the side of the lake?
2. Which character comes more into the forefront of Charlotte and Ottilie's life after Eduard's departure?
3. Who helps decorate the building which has been designated for restoration?
4. What are the conditions on which Charlotte offers herself to the Major?
5. How does Ottilie die?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Eduard go to meet Ottilie, and what are the circumstances of their meeting?
2. How does Charlotte discover Eduard has rejoined the military, and how does she respond to this news?
3. What foreign visitor comes to the estate, and how do his views impact Charlotte and Ottilie?
4. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?
5. How does Ottilie respond to the tragedy involving herself and Otto?
6. In Part II, Chapter 9, where does Charlotte decide to live for a short time, and why?
7. Describe the circumstances of Ottilie's death.
8. What plans does the architect have for the church?
9. How do Eduard, Charlotte, and Ottilie act once they are all living in the same house together again?
10. Which of Luciane's experiments in "moral regeneration" goes wrong, which Charlotte hears about after Luciane leaves the estate?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Examine the significance of Ottilie's death, the circumstances surrounding it, and her specific method of death. What are the indirect and direct causes of her death, and what event or events precipitate her death? Can "starving" be related to any other instance, theme, interaction between characters, or symbol in the novel? Was Ottilie's death and her method of killing herself foreshadowed anywhere else in the novel? Who, if anyone, can be considered culpable in Ottilie's death, if it was a suicide? How does the method of Ottilie's death reflect her characteristic reliance on fate and on her own inaction (or the actions of others) throughout the rest of the novel?
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