The Castle Test | 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. Who leases the inn to the landlady and landlord?

2. How does the landlord say that the landlady has been feeling?

3. Who does K. meet and ask questions about the Castle?

4. Where does K. go when he arrives at the village?

5. Who does K. say is the only person with authority to fire him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does K. hope that Barnabas' good news was?

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

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

5. At what event does Amalia's family's disgrace begin?

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

7. What does K. praise Frieda for?

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

9. Why does K. stay in the corridor after his meeting with Erlanger?

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

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

In the novel, the bureaucracy of the Castle is both very powerful and lacking in power. Discuss this dynamic.

1) In what ways is the bureaucracy of the Castle powerful? How does it control people's actions?

2) In what ways does the bureaucracy of the Castle lack power? How does K. manage to defy the bureaucracy?

3) How does the bureaucracy's power, and lack of power, affect Amalia and her family?

Essay Topic 3

Obedience is an important aspect of the characters' lives in the village. Discuss the role of obedience in the novel.

1) To whom are the characters in the novel obedient or disobedient?

2) What happens to characters who disobey authority in the novel? For what reasons do the characters disobey authority?

3) Why does the culture in the story value obedience?

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