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. What does Aladdin bring when he visits Alberto and Sophie?

2. What does Kierkegaard accuse Hegel of doing?

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

4. What is Berkeley's theory toward perceptions?

5. What angers Hilde concerning the passage, "We are a living planet, Sophie"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think the Major and Hilde are characters within a book, like a dream within a dream within a dream? Why?

2. What is the importance of the party becoming the theater of the absurd?

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

4. Hilde still believes that Sophie and Alberto exist on some level. What is the author's attitude toward the subject? Why?

5. Why does the old woman take Sophie and Alberto to the storybook character's camp?

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

7. What examples of natural selection do you know of?

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

9. How does Hilde regard Sophie in the Bjerkely chapter? Why does she feel this way?

10. Was it odd when Sophie met Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the chapter titles. The first title is "The Garden of Eden." Why would Gaarder begin his novel this way? Some of the titles are simplistic, such as the names of philosophers. Others have more meaning. Analyze these titles and relate them to the deeper meaning presented in the corresponding chapter.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Alberto teach Sophie these philosophy lessons? Was it for personal gain or as a selfless act?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate all of the narrators. Which narrator do you prefer? Why?

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