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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 did the landlady meet her husband?

2. Does Frieda agree with what K. wants to do about the assistants?

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

4. How many siblings does Barnabas have?

5. What does K. think of the Castle when he goes to look at it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who are the people in the house K. stops at on his way toward the Castle?

4. How does the Castle react to inquiries about K. when he first arrives?

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

6. What message does K. send through Barnabas to Klamm?

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

8. What is K.'s attitude toward the gentleman in Chapter IX?

9. What does K. do to get fuel for a fire?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of social rules and pressure in THE CASTLE.

1) How does the community impose unwritten laws in THE CASTLE?

2) What are the consequences of defying unwritten laws in THE CASTLE? How do the consequences differ for K. and for Amalia's family?

3) What are the benefits and drawbacks of social conformity in the novel?

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