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

2. What was Hesse's last novel?

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

4. Who was Hesse lecturing on while he was writing "Siddhartha"?

5. What was Hesse planning to do when he visited the spa in Baden in 1923?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the novel "Siddhartha."

3. What effect did the deteriorating state of things in Germany have on Hesse?

4. How did Hesse's marriage to Ruth progress?

5. What was Hesse's experience with psychoanalysis?

6. Describe "The Glass Bead Game."

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hesse's parents were missionaries, and they sent him away to a mission school at six because he was judged too difficult to deal with. What is the role of missionary work in Hesse's life and work? What values did he learn from his parents' missionary work? What values did he learn by fleeing from it or rebelling against it?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Hesse's relationship with his parents and family. Why didn't they get along? What traits of Hesse's strained their relationship, even from his childhood? What traits of his parents contributed to a strained relationship? How did Hesse's works, marriages, and decisions change the nature of that relationship over time?

Essay Topic 3

Hesse experienced periods of depression from time to time throughout his life. What was he depressed about? What did he learn to do to fight his depression? What did he learn from examining the causes of his depression? What was his experience of psychoanalysis like?

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