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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. Who receives an invitation from Diotima in Chapter 80?

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

3. Who is Soliman?

4. What is mysterious about Diotima's invitation in Chapter 80?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?

2. What do Ulrich and General Stumm say about Diotima in Chapter 85?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Moosbrugger plead on the several occasions that he went before the judges as outlined in Chapter 86?

9. What is revealed about Georg in Chapter 97?

10. How did Soliman meet Rachel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel was written in the early 20th century, yet many of its themes are still pertinent in today's society. How would today's readers interpret some of these issues differently? What are some significant changes that have occurred since the novel was written which would affect the way readers interpret it? What are some ideas or themes which are no longer relevant, and why aren't they?

Essay Topic 2

The author states that the importance of a book is judged by its sales. Do you agree? What does he mean by a book's "importance"? Does a book have an inherent value that is separate from its economic value? If so, how should that value be measured? Is this situation different now than it was when this book was written?

Essay Topic 3

The author points out the importance of timeliness for success in business. Why is timeliness so crucial to an idea's marketability? How does Arnheim take advantage of this concept in ways that others don't? What happens to great ideas if they don't surface at the proper time, and why? Why is the execution of ideas such a difficult skill, and why do so few people possess it?

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