Elective Affinities; Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the house guest's suggested remedy for children who do not follow in their parents' footsteps?

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

3. Whom does Eduard meet unexpectedly as he walks?

4. What does Charlotte agree to, in the midst of the tragedy?

5. What faux pas does the foreign visitor's companion notice?

Essay 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

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

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?

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