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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. Which ancient philosopher is the topic of Chapter 77?

2. What was difficult about Aunt Jane's life as she is introduced in Chapter 99?

3. What is the collective title for Arnheim and Diotima's activities?

4. What is Ulrich's relationship with Gerda, as described in Chapter 74?

5. According to the information presented in Chapter 92, what does money do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is revealed about Georg in Chapter 97?

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

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

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

6. What information is revealed about Arnheim's family and past in Chapters 89 and 90?

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

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

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

10. What information is given about Gerda in Chapter 73?

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

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 3

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?

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