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. Why do Settembrini and Naphta resent Peeperkorn?

2. In Chapter 5, who performs a parlor trick of drawing a pig blindfolded in one long stroke?

3. What does Hans ask Clavdia for when he finally approaches her in Chapter 5?

4. What does Clavdia threaten to do when Hans praises her arms?

5. On Walpurgis Night, what does Clavdia tell Hans that she is doing the next day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the Berghof as spring approaches?

2. In Chapter 6, what occurs with Hans' letters home, and what does he write about?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What do Joachim and Hans discuss on their way back to the Berghof after leaving Settembrini and Naphta?

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

10. How do Joachim's letters to Hans change, and what eventually occurs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does social class play in "The Magic Mountain"? What different classes are represented and by which characters?

Essay Topic 2

How are the different symbols (the x-ray plates, the Maria Mancini cigars, etc.) used throughout the novel to represent abstract concepts? Detail and explain how the symbols are used to describe certain abstract concepts and which concepts they describe.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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