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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. Who is waiting at the meeting place when K. gets there?
2. Who does K. discover has connections at the Castle?
3. Where do the letters Barnabas delivers come from?
4. What does K. see being delivered in the Gentlemen's Inn, as the morning approaches?
5. Does Frieda come back to K. at the end of Chapter XXII?
Short Essay Questions
1. What reasons does Buergel give against forbidding interrogations at night?
2. What did Olga do to try to remove her family's disgrace?
3. How does K. answer Frieda's mother's objections about him?
4. What is Frieda afraid might happen to he if her mother's warnings are right?
5. What did Sortini do when Amalia's family approached him?
6. What does K. hope that Barnabas' good news was?
7. What happens to Jeremias and Artur when they are not together?
8. How does Frieda initially react to K.'s explanation of his relationship with Barnabas' family?
9. What did the townspeople do after Amalia's disobedience became known?
10. What does Amalia accuse K. of using Barnabas for?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the town's acceptance of K. as a stranger.
1) How do the people in the town feel about strangers and outsiders? What is the culture's attitude toward outsiders?
2) In what ways does K. become accepted in the town? What role does his relationship with the Castle play in his acceptance? What role does his engagement to Frieda play in his acceptance?
3) In what ways does K. remain an outsider in the town? Is K. responsible for remaining an outsider, and to what extent?
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