The Glass Bead Game Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the author say most biographies are?

The author states that most biographies are about people who have gone beyond the ordinary. They examine people who have distinguished themselves in some way with the meaning of their personality changing over the times.

2. How does the author define the modern biographies?

In modern biographies, an individual deserves to have his story told if he has distinguished himself through education or intellect. He cannot be a rebel driven by passions and desires.

3. Who does the author say his book was intended for?

Hesse says his book isn't just intended for people who play the Glass Bead Game, but is intended for anyone who has an interest in the game.

4. What is the Glass Bead Game?

The game draws upon knowledge from many different disciplines and is a way of playing with a totality of all of the values within culture. There is no fast way to learn the game since it is based on all of knowledge. There is no way to expand on the game's contents since they already contain all knowledge.

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