The Magic Mountain Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. At the beginning of Chapter 7, who indulges in a long reflection on time?

2. When does Settembrini appear in Chapter 6?

3. Where does Hans "play king" and muse over his recent experiences?

4. Who is a Freemason?

5. Where do Hans and Joachim meet Dr. Behrens later in October?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Peeperkorn's group outings and Settembrini's opinion of Hans' relationship with Peeperkorn.

2. Who is Naphta, what does he look like, and how do Hans and Joachim meet him?

3. What does Settembrini tell Hans that he plans to do in Chapter 6, and why?

4. What do Hans and Peeperkorn say about Clavdia during their conversation in early spring?

5. How does Hans react when Clavdia returns to the Berghof in Chapter 7, and why?

6. Why is Hans summoned the day after an excursion to a famous waterfall in the nearby Fluela Valley?

7. What do Hans and Settembrini argue about that causes Hans to accuse Settembrini of offering hypocritical advice?

8. What role does the "military life" play in the conversation between Hans, Joachim, Settembrini and Naphta in Chapter 6?

9. What do Hans and Clavdia discuss in the salon in Chapter 7?

10. What happens at the Berghof as spring approaches?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Why is it significant that Mann discloses Hans' past? How does this affect the reader? What does this clarify or confuse within the text?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the time period that this novel was written? How does the pending First World War affect the novel's plot?

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