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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. How was Diotima's invitation in Chapter 80 received?

2. Why is there a conflict between Walter and Ulrich, according to Clarisse?

3. What effect does Arnheim's family business have on his relationship with General Stumm in Chapter 89?

4. Why was the General promoted to staff officer?

5. Which ancient philosopher is the topic of Chapter 77?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Soliman meet Rachel?

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

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

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

5. What information is given by the General in Chapter 116?

6. What is happening politically in Chapter 120?

7. What is the author trying to demonstrate through Ulrich and Gerda's actions in Chapter 119?

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. What does Ulrich do on the final day of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Soliman and Rachel are in a similar position, yet they handle themselves very differently. How do Rachel and Soliman's attitudes toward their employers and their situations differ, and why? How does Soliman influence Rachel? What message is the author trying to convey through these two characters?

Essay Topic 2

At several points in the novel, the author refers to the relationship between humans and nature, which have a profound impact on one another. What impact does man have on nature? And nature on man? Has this relationship changed, since the novel was written? If so, how? Do you think the author would have had the same attitude if he had lived during our time?

Essay Topic 3

Ulrich and Gerda almost have an affair, but because they feel pressured, not because either of them really wants to. What message regarding social pressure is the author trying to convey with this interaction? Who was pressuring Ulrich and Gerda? What initially caused them to want to have an affair? What caused them to change their minds? What ramifications might this affair have had, and why?

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