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. Whose secretary is Buergel?

2. Who does Olga believe is the source of their misfortune?

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

4. What was the family looking at when Sortini approached Amalia?

5. What does Frieda think K. might be using her for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Amalia accuse K. of using Barnabas for?

4. How does Frieda initially react to K.'s explanation of his relationship with Barnabas' family?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does K. respond to what Barnabas tells him about the Castle?

Essay Topics

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

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

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?

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