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. How do the gentlemen react to the deliveries?

2. Where does K. fall asleep at the end of Chapter XXIV?

3. Who does Barnabas deliver a message from during Chapter XXI?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Olga do to try to remove her family's disgrace?

6. What did Sortini do when Amalia's family approached him?

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

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

9. What is Frieda doing for Jeremias at the end of Chapter XXII?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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