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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 is mysterious about Diotima's invitation in Chapter 80?

2. Clarisse compares Moosbrugger to "the man without" what?

3. According to the author, what would have been the best course of action for Arnheim in Chapter 86?

4. How did Diotima feel when the individual who received the invitation in Chapter 80 arrived at her home?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All of the main characters are involved in politics on some level. What does the Collateral Campaign do? What is its goal? What is the difference between practical and ideological politics? Which is more useful, and why? What are some of the major political issues at hand, and how do the main characters feel about them? What is each character's role in influencing politics on a local and national level?

Essay Topic 2

Ulrich's relationship with Gerda is a strange one. How do they feel about one another? Why have they never been intimate? Why do they feel sometimes as if they ought to be intimate with one another? What happens when they try to take their relationship to that level, and why? How do other people view their relationship with one another?

Essay Topic 3

Arnheim, Ulrich, and others all have different attitudes toward material wealth and what it means. Why is the significance of wealth so subjective? Why do rich and poor have different attitudes toward it? How does Arnheim's attitude toward wealth differ as a result of being born into a family with money, and why? Do you think our attitudes toward wealth in modern society are different from when the book was written?

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