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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. Where is the teacher waiting for K.?

2. Who does K. say summoned him?

3. What is the weather like at the beginning of Chapter X?

4. When K. returns to the inn after meeting with the chairman, what does the landlord ask him?

5. When K. leaves with Barnabas, where do they end up?

Short Essay Questions

1. What use does Frieda think the position offered to K. might serve?

2. What is the landlady's relationship to Klamm?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the landlady say will happen to the record of K.'s talk with the gentleman?

9. What impression does Frieda make when K. first meets her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prestige is an important element of culture in the village surrounding the Castle. Discuss the role of prestige in the novel.

1) What increases or decreases prestige in the novel?

2) Which characters value prestige and which do not?

3) What role does prestige play in the material position of the characters? Do the characters benefit by prestige?

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

In the novel, the motivations of people are often open to question. Discuss the significance of the ambiguity of characters' motivations.

1) Are K.'s motivations clear? What are his possible motivations for being with Frieda? Do his motivations make a difference? What do you think of K.'s argument that his motivations don't necessarily matter?

2) What are conflicting reports of Frieda's motivations? How ambiguous are her motives? How important is it that other people can't necessarily ever fully understand her motivations?

3) How does the obscurity of the workings of the Castle compare to the obscurity of the motives of the characters?

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