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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 long does Barnabas have to wait for the letters he delivers?
2. Whose secretary is Buergel?
3. What does K. say about Olga's attractiveness?
4. What type of apprenticeship does Barnabas have?
5. What was the family forced to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where do Jeremias and Frieda go to work after K. leaves?
2. Why has Hans come to see K. and what is he supposed to be doing instead?
3. What is Frieda afraid might happen to he if her mother's warnings are right?
4. What does K. hope that Barnabas' good news was?
5. What did Olga do to try to remove her family's disgrace?
6. How does Frieda initially react to K.'s explanation of his relationship with Barnabas' family?
7. What does Barnabas' family think about his job with the Castle?
8. How does K. answer Frieda's mother's objections about him?
9. What does Barnabas say about Klamm's appearance?
10. Why does K. stay in the corridor after his meeting with Erlanger?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
In the novel, the constructed reality of the culture is more important than a natural reality. The rules of the culture are artificial, created by people and enforced by people on themselves. Discuss constructed reality in the novel.
1) In what way is the life of the town artificial? How does this allow K. to break rules and do things other characters constrained by the constructed reality couldn't do?
2) What makes the constructed reality of the culture of the village powerful? Why is it important to the characters in the novel?
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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