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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 does Frieda think K. might be using her for?
2. How was Amalia's father punished for her disobedience?
3. What did the father do when the family's money ran out?
4. Where does Olga make the contacts that eventually get Barnabas his job with the Castle?
5. What does K. say about his loyalty to Frieda?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did the townspeople do after Amalia's disobedience became known?
2. What was Amalia's father hoping for at his work, before the family's disgrace?
3. How does K. answer Frieda's mother's objections about him?
4. What does Buergel say might happen at a meeting in the middle of the night?
5. How does Frieda initially react to K.'s explanation of his relationship with Barnabas' family?
6. What did Sortini do when Amalia's family approached him?
7. What happens to Jeremias and Artur when they are not together?
8. What does K. hope that Barnabas' good news was?
9. What is Frieda doing for Jeremias at the end of Chapter XXII?
10. Where do Jeremias and Frieda go to work after K. leaves?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
In THE CASTLE, the relationship between individuals in groups is important. Discuss the role of social dynamics in the novel.
1) How does the relationship between the twins Jeremias and Artur compare to the social dynamics in the culture of the village? What is the significance of the fact that they age faster apart? How do they act as individuals, and how do they act as a group?
2) How does the culture of the village and the dynamics of groups have power in the novel? How does the village as a whole act differently from individuals?
3) How does the bureaucracy of the Castle reflect the dynamics of groups, as opposed to individuals?
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