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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. Who does the object of Hans' hallucination remind him of?

2. Who does Settembrini say music is especially dangerous for?

3. What is Hans doing by his third day at the Berghof?

4. What does Hans turn the conversation toward on his first day at the Berghof?

5. Who thinks that music can perform the reasonable function of measuring time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Hans and Settembrini's conversation at the beginning of Chapter 5.

2. Who do Hans and Joachim encounter during their walk, and what does he say?

3. How does Hans tell Joachim that he feels about death in Chapter 4?

4. Describe Hans' interactions with Clavdia on Walpurgis Night.

5. What does Joachim explain to Hans about the woman called Tous-les-deux at their first breakfast in Chapter 3?

6. What does Hans believe portrays the real image of his grandfather, and how does Hans feel that his grandfather reverts to his real self?

7. When Hans and Joachim join Settembrini in his apartment, what does Settembrini say about Naphta?

8. What do Settembrini and Naphta argue about in Naphta's apartment, and what does each man say?

9. Who is Pribislav Hippe, and how does Hans feel about him?

10. Who is Joachim Ziemssen, what does he look like, and what does he explain to Hans?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Investigate "The Magic Mountain" as a bildungsroman. How does it adhere to and differ from the bildungsroman novel? What changes could be made to mark it more clearly as a bildungsroman? What changes could be made to prevent critics from classifying the novel as a bildungsroman?

Essay Topic 2

Which characters are present in the novel as the protagonist and the antagonist? Why are these characters labeled in this way?

Essay Topic 3

How do the minor characters in the novel affect the plot? How would the novel be different if one or more of these characters were removed?

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