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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 the collective title for Arnheim and Diotima's activities?

2. Who visits Diotima in Chapter 75?

3. Who is Count Leinsdorf?

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

5. Why was the General promoted to staff officer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Clarisse realize about the "man without qualities" in Chapter 97?

5. How did Soliman meet Rachel?

6. What is Ulrich's relationship with Count Leinsdorf in Chapter 81?

7. What are some of the ideological debates going on in the Collateral Campaign in Chapter 89?

8. What is Ulrich and Gerda's relationship like as explained in Chapter 74?

9. What is the difference in the way rich people and poor people view wealth, according to the narrator's statements in Chapter 92?

10. What is revealed about Georg in Chapter 97?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author points out the importance of timeliness for success in business. Why is timeliness so crucial to an idea's marketability? How does Arnheim take advantage of this concept in ways that others don't? What happens to great ideas if they don't surface at the proper time, and why? Why is the execution of ideas such a difficult skill, and why do so few people possess it?

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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