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Mid-Book 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. How does K. get to see Klamm?

2. What does Schwarzer tell K. in the beginning of the novel when the two first meet?

3. What finally happens to the sleigh and the horses?

4. What is Barnabas' role, according to the letter from K.'s director?

5. What photo does the landlady show K.?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the chairman's wife act during K.'s visit?

2. What is Frieda afraid might happen to he if her mother's warnings are right?

3. How does K. answer Frieda's mother's objections about him?

4. What does Barnabas' family think about his job with the Castle?

5. What did the townspeople do after Amalia's disobedience became known?

6. How does K. feel when he goes to see the village chairman?

7. What does Pepi say that K. will be able to do if he accepts her offer of a place to stay?

8. What does Klamm write about K.'s assistants, and how does this compare to the reality of K.'s assistants' roles?

9. How do K. and the Gentlemen's Inn's landlady each defend themselves in their argument?

10. What does K. believe is the reason that Hans and his family never received favors from Klamm?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss THE CASTLE as a religious allegory.

1) Considering The Castle as a religious allegory, what role does Klamm play? What does the nature of Klamm say about the author's viewpoint?

2) What role does the Castle bureaucracy play? Who do Klamm's representatives represent?

3) What moral dilemma does The Castle present about the nature of being good, based on K.'s arguments about intention?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the goals and aims of the characters in the novel prove futile. Discuss futility in the novel.

1) When Amalia's father tries to change the fate of his ostracized family, his quest is futile. Why is his quest futile? Why does he continue to strive for it, even though he loses all his money in bribes?

2) K.'s quest to see Klamm seems futile. What makes his quest unsuccessful? Can he have any control over his quest? Why does he continue to try to see K.?

3) What other characters face futility, and what do they do when faced with futility?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the town's acceptance of K. as a stranger.

1) How do the people in the town feel about strangers and outsiders? What is the culture's attitude toward outsiders?

2) In what ways does K. become accepted in the town? What role does his relationship with the Castle play in his acceptance? What role does his engagement to Frieda play in his acceptance?

3) In what ways does K. remain an outsider in the town? Is K. responsible for remaining an outsider, and to what extent?

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