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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 discussed regarding Diotima in Chapter 93?

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

3. What question regarding businessmen does Arnheim explore in Chapter 96?

4. Who is Soliman?

5. According to the author in Chapter 85, how does Nature create unity?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the relationship between Diotima and Arnheim described in Chapter 93?

3. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Ulrich and General Stumm have several conversations about the subjective value of intellect. Why does General Stumm value intellect so highly? Why does Ulrich feel that he values it too highly? Do you agree? Is there any objective way to determine the value of intellect?

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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