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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 was the General's attitude toward his job as time went on?

2. What relationship is mentioned by the author in Chapter 96?

3. According to the information given in Chapter 96, what creates a calm temperament?

4. What mistaken idea does Arnheim possess in Chapter 92?

5. What does Clarisse think is the main difference between the two men she compares in Chapter 97?

Short Essay Questions

1. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?

2. What are some of the ideological debates going on in the Collateral Campaign in Chapter 89?

3. What is the author's digression in relation to the forces of nature in Chapter 75?

4. What do Ulrich and Gerda's parents talk about in Chapter 73?

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

6. Who is Goethe, and how does Arnheim feel about him as described in Chapter 96?

7. What was the course of the General's career development as outlined in Chapter 80?

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

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

10. What does Clarisse realize about the "man without qualities" in Chapter 97?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author weighs in on the legal status of children and slaves as property of their parents and owners, respectively. Why were these laws put in place? What purpose were they intended to serve? When do these laws fail, and what is done in those cases? How have these laws changed since the book was written, and why? Do you think the author would approve of these changes?

Essay Topic 2

At several points in the novel, the author refers to the relationship between humans and nature, which have a profound impact on one another. What impact does man have on nature? And nature on man? Has this relationship changed, since the novel was written? If so, how? Do you think the author would have had the same attitude if he had lived during our time?

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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