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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 easy does K. think it will be to win Frieda back?
2. Who knocks on K.'s door at the beginning of Chapter XIII?
3. What does Frieda think K. might be using her for?
4. What does Buergel do when K. stumbles into his room?
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 is Frieda doing for Jeremias at the end of Chapter XXII?
3. How long does K. need to wait to see Erlanger?
4. How does K. respond to what Barnabas tells him about the Castle?
5. How does K. answer Frieda's mother's objections about him?
6. What does Buergel say might happen at a meeting in the middle of the night?
7. What did the townspeople do after Amalia's disobedience became known?
8. Why does K. stay in the corridor after his meeting with Erlanger?
9. What does Barnabas' family think about his job with the Castle?
10. Why has Hans come to see K. and what is he supposed to be doing instead?
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
Prestige is an important element of culture in the village surrounding the Castle. Discuss the role of prestige in the novel.
1) What increases or decreases prestige in the novel?
2) Which characters value prestige and which do not?
3) What role does prestige play in the material position of the characters? Do the characters benefit by prestige?
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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