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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 was the General's attitude toward his job as time went on?

2. What is the Count's major source of wealth?

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

4. What artistic movement was often criticized by Diotima's group?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?

3. According to the narrator in Chapter 92, why is Arnheim different from many rich people?

4. What does the author say in Chapter 77 about losing one's sense of reality?

5. Who is Goethe, and how does Arnheim feel about him as described in Chapter 96?

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

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

8. What is Diotima's psychological situation in Chapter 94?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

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 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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