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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 does K. get back to the inn?

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

3. What is K.'s first reaction to the job offer?

4. What does Schwarzer tell K. in the beginning of the novel when the two first meet?

5. Why does Frieda say her mother has decided to kick K. out of the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does K. feel in the village?

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

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

7. How does the chairman characterize the Castle's bureaucracy?

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

9. What reason does the landlady give K. that her conversation with him is important, and does her reason seem true, based on the conversation?

10. How does K. react to the gentleman who comes to the coach while K. is there waiting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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