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 premise of the story told by the foreign visitor?

2. Why does Ottilie avoid a path by the side of the lake?

3. What two things does Ottilie refuse to do?

4. What is the general content of Ottilie's fourth journal entry?

5. What is the title of the story the foreign visitor tells Charlotte and Ottilie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the circumstances of Ottilie's death.

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the role of Herr Mittler and the theme of mediation in the novel. What is Herr Mittler's role, and how does he "play his part" by interacting in specific ways with the other characters? How does the narrator act as a mediator between the reader and the characters, plot, and moral of the story? Mediation means to "come between" things--are there any other mediating forces in the novel, besides Mittler, such as other characters, events, settings, objects, ideas, and so on?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine Ottilie's character as it evolves over the entire course of the novel. What is Ottilie like in the beginning of the book, in the middle, and by the end? How does she express her thoughts and feelings? What sort of language does she use, and how does the narrator describe her directly and indirectly? What notable actions does Ottilie take through the course of the novel, and what motivates these actions? How are your perceptions of her shaped by Ottilie herself, by other characters, and by the narrator?

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