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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 did Arnheim say in Chapter 94, which made Diotima realize her feelings for him?

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

3. According to the author, why are some writers' situations strange?

4. What is Diotima's opinion of working life as stated in Chapter 93?

5. What artistic movement was often criticized by Diotima's group?

Short Essay Questions

1. What point does the author make in Chapter 88 about the value of books?

2. What information is presented in Chapter 102 regarding Hans Sepp?

3. What comparison does General Stumm make between libraries and warfare in Chapter 100?

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

5. Who does Ulrich encounter in Chapter 122, and how does he respond?

6. What is the concept of "diminished responsibility" as outlined in Chapter 111?

7. Why does Clarisse react the way she does when Ulrich receives the telegram in Chapter 123?

8. What do Walter and Clarisse fight about in Chapter 118?

9. What does Gerda do with the information she gains in Chapter 119, and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ulrich has relationships with several women throughout the course of the novel. Some are platonic, but some are not. How does Ulrich view women? How does he interact with them? What generalizations does he make that affect the way he treats them? Does he treat his female friends differently from his male friends?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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