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 artistic activity does the architect plan for Ottilie to be centrally involved in?

2. What is Eduard's state of mind after Ottilie refuses to be his?

3. Why is Charlotte agitated by the foreign visitor's tale?

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

5. What is the principle task of the household Ottilie has undertaken?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What event at the end of Part II, Chapter 8, is saturated with both happiness and grave foreboding, and how?

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

5. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

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

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

8. What is the first faux pas the foreign visitor commits, and why is it a social flub?

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

10. What is the general substance of Ottilie's fourth journal entry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

What roles do religion, faith, God, and fate or predestination play in the novel? How do each of the four main characters seem to approach these things in their daily lives and in their interactions with one another? What is the significance of the restoration of the village church and chapel and of the decorations within? What significance does Otto's baptism and the words and actions of the clergymen involved have to the general themes of faith and religion in the text? How is Nanni's accident at the end of the novel viewed and treated by the people of the village. For the villagers, what do Nanni and Ottilie become? How is Ottilie's character formed in relation to the symbols of specifically the Christian religion?

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