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. Which of Barnabas's siblings is at the house when K. arrives?

2. Who led the family toward Sortini when they saw him approaching?

3. Who does K. say he might be able to help medically?

4. What crime had the Castle formally charged the family with?

5. Who has saved K.'s job as janitor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did the townspeople do after Amalia's disobedience became known?

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

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

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

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

9. What is Frieda afraid might happen to he if her mother's warnings are right?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Obedience is an important aspect of the characters' lives in the village. Discuss the role of obedience in the novel.

1) To whom are the characters in the novel obedient or disobedient?

2) What happens to characters who disobey authority in the novel? For what reasons do the characters disobey authority?

3) Why does the culture in the story value obedience?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, the motivations of people are often open to question. Discuss the significance of the ambiguity of characters' motivations.

1) Are K.'s motivations clear? What are his possible motivations for being with Frieda? Do his motivations make a difference? What do you think of K.'s argument that his motivations don't necessarily matter?

2) What are conflicting reports of Frieda's motivations? How ambiguous are her motives? How important is it that other people can't necessarily ever fully understand her motivations?

3) How does the obscurity of the workings of the Castle compare to the obscurity of the motives of the characters?

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