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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 to see Klamm?

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

3. What finally happens to the sleigh and the horses?

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

5. What photo does the landlady show K.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does K. answer Frieda's mother's objections about him?

4. What does Barnabas' family think about his job with the Castle?

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

6. How does K. feel when he goes to see the village chairman?

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

8. What does Klamm write about K.'s assistants, and how does this compare to the reality of K.'s assistants' roles?

9. How do K. and the Gentlemen's Inn's landlady each defend themselves in their argument?

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

Essay 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

Throughout the novel, the characters desire favors from the upper class. Favors allow characters to get ahead in life, but both how they are acquired and whether they are deserved is ill-defined. Discuss the role of favors in the novel.

1) Is the lease of the Bridge Inn and the marriage between the landlady and landlord all a favor from Klamm to the landlady? In what ways is it ambiguous? What role does Klamm play in the landlady receiving these things?

2) What does K. expect to receive from Klamm? What does he believe you need to do to receive a favor?

3) What are characters in the novel willing to do for favors? Under what circumstances do the characters receive good things? Is it related to their actions?

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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