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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where did Hesse eventually settle after leaving Bern?
(a) Montagnola.
(b) Lorraine.
(c) Nice.
(d) Geneva.

3. Who was Hesse lecturing on while he was writing "Siddhartha"?
(a) Emerson.
(b) Tolstoy.
(c) Dostoevsky.
(d) Carlyle.

4. Where did Hesse describe his experience with depression and what he did to overcome it?
(a) In essays.
(b) In his book reviews.
(c) In "Steppenwolf."
(d) In his letters to Maria.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened in Hesse's family in 1916?

2. What did "The Glass Bead Game" represent, in Freedman's account?

3. What caused people to leave Germany in 1933?

4. What did Hesse realize about his problems in 1922?

5. How was "On Toward Peace" altered?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Hesse's social position by the mid-to-late 1920s?

2. Describe Hesse's run-in with the Stuttgart paper that misprinted his poem.

3. How was Hesse supporting himself and his family?

4. What does Freedman say Hesse represented with "Steppenwolf"?

5. How did Hesse react to the critic who attacked him in Germany?

6. In what ways was "Steppenwolf" stylistically new for Hesse?

7. Describe "The Glass Bead Game."

8. Describe "Piktor's Metamorphosis" and Hesse's later writing.

9. Describe the impact of the Great War on Hesse.

10. What did Hesse portray in 'Narcissus and Goldmund'?

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