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. According to Alberto, what happens to Romantics when they reach the age of 30?

2. What ideals characterize the Romantic period?

3. According to Freud, why do women suffer from various neuroses?

4. How does Alberto plan to escape the Major's story?

5. After philosophers who are rationalists, what is the shift toward?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. Why do the Ingebrightsens become upset with Alberto's speech?

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

7. The ideal of the romantics is for complete originality. Does our culture still value that ideal today? How?

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

9. Kant looked at the individual's perception as most important. How is this theory applicable to Sophie?

10. Why is it ironic that Sophie thinks Berkeley's theory is stupid?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After finishing this novel, did any of your world, life or religious views change? How?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Sophie immediately begins her Philosophy assignments. Is it odd for a young girl to do this extra work when she does not know who sends it to her? Why? How does this indicate from the beginning that the novel will be a mix of the ordinary and bizarre?

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