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. On which procession of people does the new house guest, who arrived during Ottilie's artistic activity, exercise his craft and calling?

2. What seemingly miraculous event occurs during Ottilie's funeral?

3. What is Eduard's plan for his own future?

4. Which of Luciane's "experiments in moral regeneration" goes badly wrong?

5. How does Eduard's part in the story end?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charlotte respond to the tragedy involving Ottilie and Otto?

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

3. What amusement does the Count suggest should occupy Luciane's energies?

4. 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?

5. Summarize the reason for the solicitor's visit to Charlotte, which is related at the beginning of Part II.

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

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

8. Describe the circumstances of Ottilie's death.

9. How does the novel end?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Charlotte and Ottilie. How does the narrator describe them? How are their characters similar, and how do they differ? What is their relationship like at the beginning, middle, and end of the novel? What events, people, objects, or circumstances inform each woman's decisions, thoughts, feelings, and actions? What motivates each woman? How does the narrator treat each woman through the way he describes them and the specific language or tone he uses?

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

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?

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