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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. According to the author, what would have been the best course of action for Arnheim in Chapter 86?
(a) To maintain only a casual acquaintance with Diotima.
(b) To choose not to involve himself in Diotima's acquaintance with the General.
(c) To make it clear to the General that he was Diotima's first choice.
(d) To stop visiting Diotima and stay away from her.
2. How does Diotima feel about adultery in Chapter 94?
(a) She wouldn't commit adultery herself, but understands why other women might.
(b) She has found herself seriously considering it.
(c) She is repulsed by it, and would never entertain the thought.
(d) She has already committed adultery, and sees no problem with it.
3. What might be the result if the philosopher mentioned in Chapter 77 were to do what the author suggests?
(a) He would usher in a new era of philosophy and politics.
(b) He would be able to change the course of history.
(c) He would be laughed at.
(d) He would easily get a writing job.
4. What does Clarisse think is the main difference between the two men she compares in Chapter 97?
(a) One is successful, and the other is not.
(b) One is in love with her, and the other is not.
(c) One is musical, and the other is not.
(d) One is compassionate, and the other is not.
5. How was Diotima's invitation in Chapter 80 received?
(a) He didn't want to go, but felt obligated to.
(b) He was intrigued by it.
(c) He didn't understand why it was sent.
(d) He was thrilled to receive it.
6. Who becomes infatuated with Diotima in Chapter 85?
(c) General Stumm.
(d) Count Leinsdorf.
7. What question regarding businessmen does Arnheim explore in Chapter 96?
(a) Where most businessmen choose to reside, and why.
(b) What businesses are the most profitable.
(c) What makes them successful.
(d) What effect their careers have on their family lives.
8. What question does Ulrich ask regarding Gerda's upcoming marriage in Chapter 73?
(a) Whether her fiance has much of a future.
(b) What she hopes to gain from her union.
(c) Why she is getting married so young.
(d) Whether they think she will be happy.
9. According to the author, why are some writers' situations strange?
(a) They have been too far removed from the outside world.
(b) They think their art is great, when others don't.
(c) They are unable to relate to others.
(d) Their brains work differently than other peoples' do.
10. How is Count Leinsdorf addressed?
(a) His Lordship.
(b) His Highness.
(c) His Excellency.
(d) His Majesty.
11. Who visits Diotima in Chapter 75?
(a) A lawyer.
(b) A general.
(c) A policeman.
(d) A politician.
12. What is Klementine's reaction to the topic Ulrich introduces in Chapter 73?
(a) She is too timid to express an opinion.
(b) She is anxiously hoping it will come to pass.
(c) She doesn't know how she feels about it.
(d) She dislikes it but doesn't get particularly worked up about it.
13. What is one of the main ideas brought into Diotima's circle of intellectuals in Chapter 89?
14. How does Ulrich accidentally address the General, in Chapter 85?
(b) "Your Highness."
15. What is Diotima's opinion of working life as stated in Chapter 93?
(a) It builds an individual's character, and as such it is an extremely valuable experience.
(b) It is a necessary evil for many, which the rich are happy to avoid.
(c) It can wipe out someone's personality unless it is so well suited to them that they identify with it.
(d) She declines to give an opinion of working life because she has never experienced it.
Short Answer Questions
1. How are Arnheim and Diotima's activities viewed in Chapter 89?
2. What is the Count's major source of wealth?
3. What was the topic of the letter that Clarisse wrote to Count Leinsdorf in Chapter 82?
4. What is Ulrich's relationship with Gerda, as described in Chapter 74?
5. What is the general rule stated in Chapter 92, regarding people with ideas?
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