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 motion does Ottilie make that distinctly translates her desires for the future?

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

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

4. What is the long-term plan of the new house guest?

5. In the wake of the tragedy, what is Charlotte and Ottilie's relationship with each other like?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the schoolmaster's general philosophy on teaching?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least two specific situations in the novel (these could be events, individual characters' reflections and thoughts, discussions between characters, or instances in which something symbolic is introduced by the narrator or a character) in which the themes of marriage, love, fidelity, passion, and/or adultery play a significant role. What differing views are provided of the institution of marriage (whether traditional, cultural, religious, or personal), and which characters express which views? How does the nature and origin of Charlotte and Eduard's marriage influence the development of the novel's plot? How are each main character's views on marriage significant to the development of the plot, of each character, and of the themes of marriage, fidelity, love, passion, and adultery?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the form, style, and content of the novel as a whole. What is the style of narrative discourse in which Goethe generally writes? What type of narrator is Goethe's narrator, and how does he use this figure as a mediation between the story and the reader? What are the effects on the narrative when the narrator occasionally switches verb tense? How does the occasional interspersion of letters and journal entries affect the "flow" of the novel, the reader's perspective of the characters, and the plot itself? How does this story fit into the genre of the novel?

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