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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 easy does K. think it will be to win Frieda back?

2. What did Amalia do with Sortini's letter?

3. Why does Barnabas want the job of messenger?

4. Who tells K. the story of how their family became disparaged in the community?

5. What does K. say about Olga's attractiveness?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Hans come to see K. and what is he supposed to be doing instead?

2. What reason does Erlanger give K. the request Erlanger is making during the meeting?

3. How does K. respond to what Barnabas tells him about the Castle?

4. When does K. plan on visiting Hans' mother?

5. What was Amalia's father hoping for at his work, before the family's disgrace?

6. At what event does Amalia's family's disgrace begin?

7. What reasons does Buergel give against forbidding interrogations at night?

8. What does Buergel say might happen at a meeting in the middle of the night?

9. What reason does Amalia give K. that he will have to come visit them more often?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the unspoken and unwritten rules in the novel.

1) What are the rules of behavior in the village? How do the people in the village know those rules?

2) What are the rules of behavior for secretaries in the Castle? How do the Castle employees know those rules?

3) What does K. think of unspoken and unwritten rules? What is the result of his attitude?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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