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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) Past and future.
(b) Nature and language.
(c) Two halves of a divided self.
(d) Male and female principles.

2. Where did Hesse spend the summer of 1945?
(a) Calw.
(b) Montagnola.
(c) Baden.
(d) Rigi-Kaltbad.

3. What does Freedman say the period of Hesse's renewed writing and painting after separating from his wife is called?
(a) Hesse's transition.
(b) Hesse's renewal.
(c) Hesse's renaissance.
(d) Hesse's third new life.

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

5. Who was Hesse spending his time with by 1928?
(a) Ninon.
(b) Maria.
(c) Ruth.
(d) Elsie Bodmer.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Freedman describe Hesse's work on "Siddhartha"?

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

3. What was Hesse working on in the summer of 1930?

4. Which book resulted from Hesse's experiences of 1923?

5. What did Hesse do to contribute to the war effort?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did the Hesses celebrate at the end of 1945?

4. What was Hesse's experience with psychoanalysis?

5. How did Hesse react to the end of the war in Europe?

6. What physical problems was Hesse having at the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s?

7. How does Freedman say that Hesse's writing and his life paralleled each other?

8. Describe the progress of Hesse's relationship with Ninon Dolbin.

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

10. Describe "The Glass Bead Game."

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