The Glass Bead Game Test | Mid-Book 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. Where does the author say Knecht was destined for?

2. Why is Father Jacobus distrustful of Knecht?

3. What kind of school do his teachers recommend him for?

4. What does Jacobus think Castalia is an imitation of?

5. What do people think is the only thing Waldzell graduates are good for?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the music Master help Knecht?

2. What is the Golden Book?

3. Why does Knecht think that free study is the happiest years of his life?

4. What does Knecht do at Hirsland?

5. What is the Glass Bead Game?

6. How does Knecht try and concentrate on the Games despite the Magister's illness?

7. What opinions does Knecht hold about the Games and how they should be run?

8. What does Designori learn about Knecht?

9. How does Alexander arrange for Knecht to leave the Order?

10. How does Knecht's life change after the visit from the Music Master?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

Essay Topic 2

Though the Glass Bead Game is a novel, Hesse writes it as a biography What are the differences between a novella and a novel in terms of the following:




Essay Topic 3

Examine conservatism and liberalism. What are the differences between the two schools of thought? Why did they both come to the fore in 1940s Europe?

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