Hermann Hesse, Pilgrim of Crisis: A Biography Test | Final Test - Easy

Ralph Freedman
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Hesse realize about his problems in 1922?
(a) They were primarily psychological.
(b) They were imaginary.
(c) They resulted from actual illness.
(d) They were mostly financial.

2. Where was the house Hesse rented in Ostermundigen located?
(a) By a lake.
(b) On an estate.
(c) On a mountainside.
(d) Near the ocean.

3. What happened to Hesse's royalties in 1935?
(a) They were reduced by German inflation.
(b) They were cut off.
(c) They were taken by the National Socialists.
(d) They were donated to the government.

4. How did Hesse spend his time at home when he wasn't traveling or lecturing?
(a) In the library.
(b) With his wife and children.
(c) In the taverns.
(d) Alone in his study.

5. What gave Hesse difficulties as he got older?
(a) His appendix.
(b) His eyesight.
(c) His digestion.
(d) His memory.

6. When did Hesse finish writing "Steppenwolf"?
(a) Late 1927.
(b) Early 1926.
(c) Early 1927.
(d) Late 1926.

7. What did Hesse do to contribute to the war effort?
(a) Hesse wrote propaganda for the ministry of war.
(b) Hesse collected books for German prisoners.
(c) Hesse donated the proceeds from his books.
(d) Hesse campaigned against the war.

8. What was the result of Hesse's marriage to his second wife?
(a) They lived happily together for their first years.
(b) He was in a clinic within two months.
(c) They divorced almost immediately.
(d) He looked for every occasion to be away from home.

9. What does "Narcissus and Goldmund" portray, according to Freedman?
(a) Hesse's second marriage.
(b) Hesse's third marriage.
(c) Hesse's friendship with Hugo Ball.
(d) Hesse's relationship with his children.

10. Who was Ninon Dolbin?
(a) A friend of Hesse's.
(b) A patron of Hesse's.
(c) A fellow writer.
(d) A literary critic.

11. What happened to Ninon in 1937?
(a) Friends of hers were killed in Germany.
(b) Her parents died.
(c) She wrote a book about Hesse.
(d) She had surgery.

12. What did writing manage for Hesse?
(a) His financial worries.
(b) Psychological crises.
(c) His doubts about his parents.
(d) His feelings for his wives.

13. Where would Hesse spend time with Ruth Wenger?
(a) In Nice.
(b) In Montagnola.
(c) In Monaco.
(d) In Carona.

14. What did "The Glass Bead Game" represent, in Freedman's account?
(a) An escape from contemporary politics.
(b) A solution to the problems in German schools.
(c) A proposal for pacifist political strategy in Germany.
(d) A system that replaced the crumbling German culture.

15. Why did Hesse's work on "The Glass Bead Game" stop in 1933?
(a) Illness.
(b) Writer's block.
(c) Domestic disturbances.
(d) Depression.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Hesse begin to spend time in 1930?

2. To what does the novel "Narcissus and Goldmund" appeal, in Freedman's account?

3. What do Narcissus and Goldmund represent, in Freedman's account of "Narcissus and Goldmund"?

4. Where did Hesse spend most of WW II?

5. What represents the psyche in "The Glass Bead Game"?

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