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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does K. say about his loyalty to Frieda?
2. What did Sortini order Amalia to do in his letter?
3. Why does Hans think his father might be sympathetic toward K.?
4. Whose secretary is Buergel?
5. Who was the first letter that Barnabas delivered sent to?
Essay Topic 1
Many of the goals and aims of the characters in the novel prove futile. Discuss futility in the novel.
1) When Amalia's father tries to change the fate of his ostracized family, his quest is futile. Why is his quest futile? Why does he continue to strive for it, even though he loses all his money in bribes?
2) K.'s quest to see Klamm seems futile. What makes his quest unsuccessful? Can he have any control over his quest? Why does he continue to try to see K.?
3) What other characters face futility, and what do they do when faced with futility?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Discuss the role of social rules and pressure in THE CASTLE.
1) How does the community impose unwritten laws in THE CASTLE?
2) What are the consequences of defying unwritten laws in THE CASTLE? How do the consequences differ for K. and for Amalia's family?
3) What are the benefits and drawbacks of social conformity in the novel?
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