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 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
Discuss insults in the novel.
1) Amalia perceives the letter she receives as an insult. Why does she have this perception? How does she respond to it? Could it be interpreted in any other way? Would the rest of the culture see the letter as an insult?
2) Amalia insults both the official and the secretary when she tears up the letter and throws it at the secretary. How do their feelings of being insulted compare to Amalia's? What are the consequences of both insults?
3) In what other situations do characters feel insulted? What are the causes and results of insults, and what role does this play in the culture of the village?
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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