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 does K. meet and ask questions about the Castle?

2. How many siblings does Barnabas have?

3. How does K. feel when he leaves the meeting with the chairman?

4. What does Klamm try to find on the wall in the taproom?

5. Who does the letter from K.'s director tell him to report to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does K. feel in the village?

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

3. How does the Castle react to inquiries about K. when he first arrives?

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

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

6. What does K. praise Frieda for?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss communication in the novel.

1) How does Klamm communicate with K. in the novels? What are the problems in this communication?

2) Can K. and Frieda truly communicate with each other in the novel? What are the stumbling blocks to communication between them?

3) How do the means of communication used by the Castle, such as the phone and messengers, emphasize its bureaucracy and its disconnectedness from reality? What role does communication play in the Castle's bureaucracy?

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

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?

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