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

2. Under what condition does Ottilie feel she could forgive herself?

3. How does Ottilie respond to Eduard's note?

4. How does Eduard envision Otto will be raised?

5. What was the architect's reason for not wishing his drawings to be shown to the whole company, as Luciane had entreated and Ottilie had encouraged?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Ottilie decide to embark upon as a career, and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of human beings in shaping the natural landscape. What do the four protagonists use the land for? How do they view their use of it, and the general purpose the landscape has? Describe their relationship to the land in terms of the utilitarian, the picturesque, the beautiful, and/or the sublime? What does nature seem to symbolize for each character, and what is the significance of this symbolism? How might a reader interpret the protagonists' use of and relation to the land as a statement by Goethe about human interactions with nature in his own time and place?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the separation between social classes in the novel. What social class do Charlotte and Eduard belong to, and how is this apparent through their lifestyle and behavior? How does Eduard interact with those of different socioeconomic classes? How does the narrator treat servants, peasants, workmen, and others of lower social classes? Analyze in detail several instances in the novel in which the differences between upper and lower class people are apparent, whether in their respective actions or roles, or references made by specific characters or the narrator. Do the ways in which lower class people are treated or referred to in the novel open up possibilities for specifically sociopolitical interpretations of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Address the question of the "moral of the story": does the novel possess a clear, concise moral message? Do contradictions and problems exist in the novel that could complicate the moral message of the novel? What is the relationship between religion and morality? Does the narrator, through tone or word choice, appear to either pass judgment or encourage readers to judge characters and their actions? Are there problems, as a reader and critical reader of the novel, in forming moral judgments on specific characters?

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