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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. Why do the characters have trouble sleeping at the school?

2. What does the gentleman want K. to do?

3. What is the chairman suffering from?

4. When do they tell K. that Klamm left the Gentleman's Inn?

5. Who does Frieda's mother say an official will talk to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long does K. need to wait to see Erlanger?

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

3. What reasons does Buergel give against forbidding interrogations at night?

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

5. What reason does K. give for refusing to let the assistants come back?

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

7. How does K. discover that Klamm is staying at the Gentlemen's Inn?

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

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

10. What reason does Amalia give K. that he will have to come visit them more often?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, bureaucracy causes obstructions for the characters. Discuss the obstructions of bureaucracy in the novel.

1) How does bureaucracy call K. to the town? How does it affect the plot?

2) Inside the Castle bureaucracy, is it possible to tell what actually happened and what is important? What is the significance of the obscuring nature of bureaucracy?

3) How do the inhabitants of the town view their own town's bureaucracy? What are the consequences of complaining about bureaucracy?

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 constructed reality of the culture is more important than a natural reality. The rules of the culture are artificial, created by people and enforced by people on themselves. Discuss constructed reality in the novel.

1) In what way is the life of the town artificial? How does this allow K. to break rules and do things other characters constrained by the constructed reality couldn't do?

2) What makes the constructed reality of the culture of the village powerful? Why is it important to the characters in the novel?

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