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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. 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

Obedience is an important aspect of the characters' lives in the village. Discuss the role of obedience in the novel.

1) To whom are the characters in the novel obedient or disobedient?

2) What happens to characters who disobey authority in the novel? For what reasons do the characters disobey authority?

3) Why does the culture in the story value obedience?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the ideas of deception and of using people in the novel.

1) Is K. misleading toward Hans when he offers to see if he can help Hans' mother? Does it matter what K.'s goal and intentions are?

2) Do K. and Frieda use each other? Do they deceive each other about their motives? Does it matter?

3) How does the culture of the village and the Castle encourage deception and using people?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting of the novel.

1) Discuss the Castle as part of the setting of the novel. Why does the reader never visit the inside of the Castle? How does the reader learn about the Castle? What does the appearance and structure of the Castle say about it and about the village?

2) How does the setting of the village influence the novel?

3) Why do the inns become a major part of the novel's setting? What is the importance of the two inns in the novel?

4) What significance does the schoolhouse have as a setting?

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