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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 approach does the individual funding the project in Chapter 84 choose not to employ?

2. To what type of individual does the author compare the General to describe his attitude toward his work?

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

4. Who are Gerda's parents?

5. According to Arnheim in Chapter 92, what group of people frequently gave him the most trouble?

Short Essay Questions

1. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?

2. What does Clarisse do in Chapter 82 that embarrasses Ulrich?

3. What do Ulrich and General Stumm think about intellect, as revealed by their conversation in Chapter 85?

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

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

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

7. What is revealed about Georg in Chapter 97?

8. How did Soliman meet Rachel?

9. Who is Aunt Jane, and what is her history as outlined in Chapter 99?

10. What is Ulrich's relationship with Count Leinsdorf in Chapter 81?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Soliman and Rachel are in a similar position, yet they handle themselves very differently. How do Rachel and Soliman's attitudes toward their employers and their situations differ, and why? How does Soliman influence Rachel? What message is the author trying to convey through these two characters?

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 is described by Clarisse in terms of the novel's title. He is the "man without qualities." What does Clarisse mean by this? Why is Ulrich described this way? Is it possible for someone to be completely without qualities? Do you agree with this description of Ulrich?

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