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 was the family's response to being ostracized by the community?

2. What did Frieda's mother warn her about K.?

3. Who was the first letter that Barnabas delivered sent to?

4. Who does K. intend to use his weapon against when he leaves Olga's house?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does K. answer Frieda's mother's objections about him?

2. At what event does Amalia's family's disgrace begin?

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

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

5. Where do Jeremias and Frieda go to work after K. leaves?

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

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

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

9. What reason does Amalia give K. that he will have to come visit them more often?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss communication in the novel.

1) How does Klamm communicate with K. in the novels? What are the problems in this communication?

2) Can K. and Frieda truly communicate with each other in the novel? What are the stumbling blocks to communication between them?

3) How do the means of communication used by the Castle, such as the phone and messengers, emphasize its bureaucracy and its disconnectedness from reality? What role does communication play in the Castle's bureaucracy?

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, the bureaucracy of the Castle is both very powerful and lacking in power. Discuss this dynamic.

1) In what ways is the bureaucracy of the Castle powerful? How does it control people's actions?

2) In what ways does the bureaucracy of the Castle lack power? How does K. manage to defy the bureaucracy?

3) How does the bureaucracy's power, and lack of power, affect Amalia and her family?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss insults in the novel.

1) Amalia perceives the letter she receives as an insult. Why does she have this perception? How does she respond to it? Could it be interpreted in any other way? Would the rest of the culture see the letter as an insult?

2) Amalia insults both the official and the secretary when she tears up the letter and throws it at the secretary. How do their feelings of being insulted compare to Amalia's? What are the consequences of both insults?

3) In what other situations do characters feel insulted? What are the causes and results of insults, and what role does this play in the culture of the village?

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