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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 Ulrich's relationship with Gerda, as described in Chapter 74?
2. What is Klementine's reaction to the topic Ulrich introduces in Chapter 73?
3. How did Diotima feel when the individual who received the invitation in Chapter 80 arrived at her home?
4. Who is Soliman?
5. Which individual is mentioned as being one of the author's influences in Chapter 91?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Count Leinsdorf, and how is he described in Chapter 76?
2. What information is given about Gerda in Chapter 73?
3. What information is revealed about Arnheim's family and past in Chapters 89 and 90?
4. How did Soliman meet Rachel?
5. What is the difference in the way rich people and poor people view wealth, according to the narrator's statements in Chapter 92?
6. How did Moosbrugger plead on the several occasions that he went before the judges as outlined in Chapter 86?
7. Who is Goethe, and how does Arnheim feel about him as described in Chapter 96?
8. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?
9. What is revealed about Georg in Chapter 97?
10. Who is Aunt Jane, and what is her history as outlined in Chapter 99?
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
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 3
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?
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