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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. What example does the author use in Chapter 74 to describe the power of natural forces?

2. The author suggests in Chapter 77 that an ancient philosopher could do what?

3. Which German is mentioned in Chapter 96 as being one of the greats who arose from a class of prosperous tradesmen?

4. Which individual is mentioned as being one of the author's influences in Chapter 91?

5. What is the Count's major source of wealth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What point does the author make in Chapter 77, using an ancient Grecian philosopher as an example to back up his argument?

2. What situation regarding an invitation develops in Chapter 80?

3. How is the relationship between Diotima and Arnheim described in Chapter 93?

4. What is the difference in the way rich people and poor people view wealth, according to the narrator's statements in Chapter 92?

5. What information is revealed about Arnheim's family and past in Chapters 89 and 90?

6. Who is Count Leinsdorf, and how is he described in Chapter 76?

7. What does the author say in Chapter 77 about losing one's sense of reality?

8. Does Arnheim do what the author thinks would be best for him in Chapter 86?

9. According to the narrator in Chapter 92, why is Arnheim different from many rich people?

10. What is Ulrich and Gerda's relationship like as explained in Chapter 74?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moosbrugger is used by the author to relate several messages regarding how people judge one another. How do outsiders view Moosbrugger, and why? Why are they interested in him and his situation? How do they view the crime he committed? What is the theory of "diminished responsibility," and how does it relate to Moosbrugger, and people's opinion of him?

Essay Topic 2

Nationality is an important concept in this novel. Several characters are identified by their nationality, and all of the characters have a strong sense of patriotic pride. Why is nationality so important? Which characters feel the strongest regarding their nationalities? Would contemporary readers have shared this strong sense of national pride? Is this something that has changed between the time the novel was written and now?

Essay Topic 3

Ulrich and Gerda almost have an affair, but because they feel pressured, not because either of them really wants to. What message regarding social pressure is the author trying to convey with this interaction? Who was pressuring Ulrich and Gerda? What initially caused them to want to have an affair? What caused them to change their minds? What ramifications might this affair have had, and why?

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