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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 one of the main ideas brought into Diotima's circle of intellectuals in Chapter 89?
2. According to the author, why are some writers' situations strange?
3. What did Arnheim explain to Diotima in Chapter 76?
4. What do Ulrich and Klementine discuss in Chapter 73?
5. How did Diotima feel when the individual who received the invitation in Chapter 80 arrived at her home?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to the narrator in Chapter 92, why is Arnheim different from many rich people?
2. Who is Aunt Jane, and what is her history as outlined in Chapter 99?
3. What is Ulrich's last encounter with Clarisse in Chapter 123?
4. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?
5. What are some of the ideological debates going on in the Collateral Campaign in Chapter 89?
6. What concept does Arnheim contemplate in Chapter 106, and how does he feel about it?
7. Who is Goethe, and how does Arnheim feel about him as described in Chapter 96?
8. How did Soliman meet Rachel?
9. What is Ulrich's relationship with his father, and how does it change in Chapter 123?
10. What is revealed about Arnheim in Chapter 116?
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 assumes that readers will be familiar with the Kakanians, and therefore the term is never really explained. From the context, what can you infer about what this term means? Who are the Kakanians? What is the area referred to as Kakania? What is its relationship with Austria?
Essay Topic 3
Diotima and her husband are at the pinnacle of the middle class, but they are still middle class. Why does she still have the privilege of associating with wealthy people like Arnheim? How does her unique position affect her attitude toward those with whom she associates, and why? How is she viewed by other aristocrats who either have more money, or made it by investing or inheriting it, and not by working for a living?
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