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 signal does Eduard arrange with the Major to notify him of his plan's success?

2. Who had encouraged the house guest to come to the estate?

3. Where does Eduard go once he is honorably discharged from the military?

4. What event marks the newborn's baptism with foreboding?

5. How does Ottilie die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charlotte and Ottilie's relationship change after Otto's death?

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

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

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

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

6. How do Eduard, Charlotte, and Ottilie act once they are all living in the same house together again?

7. How does Eduard respond to the tragedy involving Ottilie and Otto?

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

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

10. How does the novel end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Ottilie's journal entries, which appear in Part II, Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9. How do they offer insight into Ottilie's character? What is the significance of the style she writes in? What type of language does she use? What subject matter does she consider? Why might the narrator decide to place them where he does (at the ends of several chapters in Part II)? What is the significance of the context of each letter? Do these letters function to give Ottilie a new role in the novel? Discuss these letters' significance to the themes of fate and of personal agency in the novel, as these themes relate to Ottilie herself. Concentrate on Ottilie's specific word choice, subject matter, context, metaphorical or figurative language, and tone.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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