Sophie's World 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. On June 14th, what does Hermes say?

2. As part of his philosophy, what does Kierkegaard map out?

3. When Hilde looks in the brass mirror, what does she see?

4. What is Hilde planning to do to rebel against her father?

5. What book does Alberto buy for Sophie?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Freud relate to the theme "bravery" of this novel?

2. Why does Hilde get angry when her father orders her to finish the book before his return?

3. Why does Sophie become shocked when she sees "Sophie's World" on a bookshelf?

4. English philosophers think that Man is like a blank blackboard and ready to take in data collected by the senses. Does this apply to Sophie's philosophical lessons? How?

5. Kierkegaard coined the slogan, "Question Authority." Write about two instances where you have seen this slogan used in our culture.

6. Are Hilde's plans for her father well designed? Why?

7. Do you agree with Hegel that philosophers should be mirrors that reflect ideas of their time? Why?

8. Freud analyzes dreams. What sort of dreams do people analyze today? Why would people want to analyze their dreams?

9. Were you confused by Darwin's theory at all? Explain how you were or weren't.

10. In the Enlightenment period, there is an impulse toward mass education and cultural optimism. Do you see any traces of these beliefs in our culture today? How?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Now that the book is completed, look back at the characters. Were they all believable from the beginning? Would you think differently of them now? Analyze how realistic and believable these characters are.

Essay Topic 2

Look at the cartoon and imaginary characters throughout the book. What role do they play? How are they connected to the chapters and philosophies they are mentioned in? Is their inclusion an effective technique?

Essay Topic 3

How much do you think Alberto knows of the Major's interference in Sophie's life? Does he know from the beginning that Sophie is a character? Explain why and what clues show this.

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