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 is Frieda doing when K. returns to the schoolhouse in Chapter XV?

2. Which of Barnabas's siblings is at the house when K. arrives?

3. What is Frieda doing when K. sees her at the Gentlemen's Inn?

4. How long does Barnabas have to wait for the letters he delivers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did the townspeople do after Amalia's disobedience became known?

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

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

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

9. How long does K. need to wait to see Erlanger?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss THE CASTLE as a religious allegory.

1) Considering The Castle as a religious allegory, what role does Klamm play? What does the nature of Klamm say about the author's viewpoint?

2) What role does the Castle bureaucracy play? Who do Klamm's representatives represent?

3) What moral dilemma does The Castle present about the nature of being good, based on K.'s arguments about intention?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, the characters desire favors from the upper class. Favors allow characters to get ahead in life, but both how they are acquired and whether they are deserved is ill-defined. Discuss the role of favors in the novel.

1) Is the lease of the Bridge Inn and the marriage between the landlady and landlord all a favor from Klamm to the landlady? In what ways is it ambiguous? What role does Klamm play in the landlady receiving these things?

2) What does K. expect to receive from Klamm? What does he believe you need to do to receive a favor?

3) What are characters in the novel willing to do for favors? Under what circumstances do the characters receive good things? Is it related to their actions?

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