The Castle Test | Final 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. What does K. take when he leaves Olga's house?

2. What does K. say about his loyalty to Frieda?

3. What does Frieda think K. might be using her for?

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

5. Where does Olga make the contacts that eventually get Barnabas his job with the Castle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens to Jeremias and Artur when they are not together?

5. What does K. hope that Barnabas' good news was?

6. What is Frieda afraid might happen to he if her mother's warnings are right?

7. Why does K. stay in the corridor after his meeting with Erlanger?

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

9. How does Frieda initially react to K.'s explanation of his relationship with Barnabas' family?

10. What does Barnabas say about Klamm's appearance?

Essay Topics

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

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

Throughout the novel, bureaucracy causes obstructions for the characters. Discuss the obstructions of bureaucracy in the novel.

1) How does bureaucracy call K. to the town? How does it affect the plot?

2) Inside the Castle bureaucracy, is it possible to tell what actually happened and what is important? What is the significance of the obscuring nature of bureaucracy?

3) How do the inhabitants of the town view their own town's bureaucracy? What are the consequences of complaining about bureaucracy?

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