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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. Who is waiting with the gentleman for K.?

2. How many siblings does Barnabas have?

3. Who does the letter from K.'s director tell him to report to?

4. What is the chairman suffering from?

5. What is the weather like the morning after K. arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does K. feel at the end of Chapter VIII?

2. How does the chairman characterize the Castle's bureaucracy?

3. How does K. react to the gentleman who comes to the coach while K. is there waiting?

4. What does K. call Artur and Jeremias and why?

5. What reason does the landlady give K. that her conversation with him is important, and does her reason seem true, based on the conversation?

6. What does the coachman tell K. about Klamm's arrival at the coach?

7. What does the gentleman who comes to the coach while K. is there waiting want?

8. What happens when K. first wakes up the morning after meeting Frieda?

9. What do Artur and Jeremias know about land surveying?

10. What does K. suspect about Frieda, at the end of Chapter XII?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of women in THE CASTLE.

1) What role does Amalia play in the novel? What is her role as a woman in the village's culture? How does she defy that role, and what are the consequences?

2) What role does Frieda play in the novel? Does she use her gender to gain a social advantage? How does the culture promote that behavior?

3) What role does the landlady play in the novel? What does her position say about the role of women in the society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss communication in the novel.

1) How does Klamm communicate with K. in the novels? What are the problems in this communication?

2) Can K. and Frieda truly communicate with each other in the novel? What are the stumbling blocks to communication between them?

3) How do the means of communication used by the Castle, such as the phone and messengers, emphasize its bureaucracy and its disconnectedness from reality? What role does communication play in the Castle's bureaucracy?

Essay Topic 3

The bureaucracy of the Castle seems to have no guiding force or leader, and is self-reinforcing, following only rules and regulations. Discuss the leaderless nature of the machine of bureaucracy.

1) Who assesses how well the bureaucracy of the Castle is functioning? What are the consequences?

2) How does the Castle itself function as a leader for the village? What are the consequences of the fact that the Castle is not a person, but an institution? What difference would it make if instead of a Castle, the village followed a King?

3) What controls the Castle? How is bureaucratic control different than control by a leader?

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