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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 does Klamm try to find on the wall in the taproom?

2. Who does K. believe is behind the landlady's marriage and the lease of the inn?

3. At the end of Chapter VIII, where is K.?

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

5. What does the chairman offer to contact the Castle for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does K. feel in the village?

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

4. How does the chairman's wife act during K.'s visit?

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

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

7. What does K. call Artur and Jeremias and why?

8. What does K. praise Frieda for?

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

10. What does Klamm look like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the goals and aims of the characters in the novel prove futile. Discuss futility in the novel.

1) When Amalia's father tries to change the fate of his ostracized family, his quest is futile. Why is his quest futile? Why does he continue to strive for it, even though he loses all his money in bribes?

2) K.'s quest to see Klamm seems futile. What makes his quest unsuccessful? Can he have any control over his quest? Why does he continue to try to see K.?

3) What other characters face futility, and what do they do when faced with futility?

Essay Topic 2

In THE CASTLE, the relationship between individuals in groups is important. Discuss the role of social dynamics in the novel.

1) How does the relationship between the twins Jeremias and Artur compare to the social dynamics in the culture of the village? What is the significance of the fact that they age faster apart? How do they act as individuals, and how do they act as a group?

2) How does the culture of the village and the dynamics of groups have power in the novel? How does the village as a whole act differently from individuals?

3) How does the bureaucracy of the Castle reflect the dynamics of groups, as opposed to individuals?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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