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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. What finally happens to the sleigh and the horses?

2. What jumps on Frieda in the middle of the night at the school?

3. What is it like inside Klamm's sleigh?

4. What is the attitude of the people in the house toward K.?

5. How does K. try to get out of the conversation with Frieda's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does K. believe is the reason that Hans and his family never received favors from Klamm?

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

4. What reason does the teacher give that the chairman wants to help K.?

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

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

7. To what does the landlady attribute the profitability of the inn?

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

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

10. What happens when K. first wakes up the morning after meeting Frieda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the unspoken and unwritten rules in the novel.

1) What are the rules of behavior in the village? How do the people in the village know those rules?

2) What are the rules of behavior for secretaries in the Castle? How do the Castle employees know those rules?

3) What does K. think of unspoken and unwritten rules? What is the result of his attitude?

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

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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