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. Where does Eduard wait, at least for a little while, while the Major relays Eduard's plan to Charlotte?

2. Which unexpected visitor arrives during the performance of the artistic activity planned by the architect?

3. Whose observations on the landscape of the estate serve to enrich Charlotte and Ottilie's experience of the land?

4. What artistic activity does the architect plan for Ottilie to be centrally involved in?

5. What conflicting feelings continuously torment Ottilie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What are Charlotte's views of memorials?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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