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. How was "Narcissus and Goldmund" received?
(a) Poorly.
(b) Well.
(c) With mixed reviews.
(d) With critical silence.

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

3. What was Hesse working on in the summer of 1930?
(a) "Journey to the East."
(b) "Steppenwolf."
(c) "Siddhartha."
(d) "The Glass Bead Game."

4. What did Hesse write after "Siddhartha"?
(a) "Demian."
(b) Short stories.
(c) "Piktor's Metamorphoses."
(d) "Peter Camenzind."

5. Whom did Hesse fall afoul of by protesting the alteration of his poem?
(a) The East Germans.
(b) Ninon.
(c) The Americans.
(d) His family.

6. What does the city represent in "Steppenwolf"?
(a) Confusion and being lost.
(b) Corruption.
(c) Human civilization.
(d) Hesse's internal psychology.

7. What happened when Hesse began to try to paint his dreams?
(a) His marriage came apart.
(b) His books ceased to be reviewed favorably.
(c) His books became more popular than ever.
(d) He broke with many of his old friends.

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

9. What did Hesse and Ninon celebrate at the end of 1945?
(a) Hesse's 70th birthday.
(b) Ninon's 50th birthday.
(c) Hesse's Nobel Prize.
(d) The end of the war.

10. What happened in Hesse's family in 1916?
(a) His father died.
(b) He and his wife separated.
(c) His mother died.
(d) His son died.

11. According to Freedman, what is unique about "Steppenwolf" when compared to Hesse's other works?
(a) It is historical fiction.
(b) It is satirical of Swiss culture.
(c) It is a dream sequence.
(d) It is set in the modern world.

12. What do Narcissus and Goldmund represent, in Freedman's account of "Narcissus and Goldmund"?
(a) Past and future.
(b) Two halves of a divided self.
(c) Male and female principles.
(d) Nature and language.

13. How does Freedman describe Hesse's work on "Siddhartha"?
(a) As a catharsis.
(b) As a search for meaning.
(c) As a form of therapy.
(d) As a spiritual experience.

14. Where did Hesse spend New Years in 1926?
(a) Geneva with a mistress.
(b) Basel with Maria.
(c) Zurich with Ruth.
(d) Calw with his family.

15. What began to replace Hesse's work after "Siddhartha"?
(a) Legal papers.
(b) Reviews and essays.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Plays.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what role did "Siddhartha" put Hesse?

2. What part of Hesse's protest about the alteration of his poem raised ire against him?

3. What was the benefit of writing editorial pieces for Hesse?

4. According to Freedman, what experience did Hesse describe in "Steppenwolf"?

5. What did writing manage for Hesse?

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