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

Ralph Freedman
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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. Whom did Hesse fall afoul of by protesting the alteration of his poem?

2. With whom did Hesse break because of politics?

3. What illness did Hesse suffer from in Bern?

4. What caused people to leave Germany in 1933?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the period known as "Hesse's exile."

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

3. Describe Hesse's travels in 1928-1929.

4. Describe "The Glass Bead Game."

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

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

7. Describe the period when Hesse's marriage began to crumble.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role did rebellion play in Hesse's life and development as a writer? How important was his brother's running away to music school? What fights did he fight by rebelling, and what fights did he avoid by running away? To what was he opposed? To what was he drawn? How did he learn to use fight or flight as strategies for getting what he wanted? How did these strategies change as he matured?

Essay Topic 2

Hesse moved around a great deal, never settling in one place for very long, not until later in life. Why did Hesse move? What made him resist moving? Would you characterize him as a wanderer, a vagrant, an explorer, or an exile? What was he always looking for in a home? Where was he most at home?

Essay Topic 3

What was Hesse's relationship with the military? He finished his exams in order to reduce the length of his military service. Where else are his feelings about the military in evidence? Why did he feel compelled to withhold his feelings about World War I? How did he arrive at his pacifism, and of what did his pacifism consist?

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