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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. When K. lights a match, who does he startle?

2. What is Barnabas' role, according to the letter from K.'s director?

3. What do the assistants do when K. makes them leave?

4. What does K. worry about regarding Frieda?

5. What does the chairman say about the Castle's phone system?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the townspeople do after Amalia's disobedience became known?

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

3. What does Pepi say that K. will be able to do if he accepts her offer of a place to stay?

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

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

6. What does Amalia accuse K. of using Barnabas for?

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

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

9. What is Frieda doing for Jeremias at the end of Chapter XXII?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the town's acceptance of K. as a stranger.

1) How do the people in the town feel about strangers and outsiders? What is the culture's attitude toward outsiders?

2) In what ways does K. become accepted in the town? What role does his relationship with the Castle play in his acceptance? What role does his engagement to Frieda play in his acceptance?

3) In what ways does K. remain an outsider in the town? Is K. responsible for remaining an outsider, and to what extent?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting of the novel.

1) Discuss the Castle as part of the setting of the novel. Why does the reader never visit the inside of the Castle? How does the reader learn about the Castle? What does the appearance and structure of the Castle say about it and about the village?

2) How does the setting of the village influence the novel?

3) Why do the inns become a major part of the novel's setting? What is the importance of the two inns in the novel?

4) What significance does the schoolhouse have as a setting?

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