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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. When did Arnheim do the majority of his traveling?

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

3. Who are Gerda's parents?

4. What does Arnheim end up doing in Chapter 86?

5. Who receives an invitation from Diotima in Chapter 80?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Clarisse do in Chapter 82 that embarrasses Ulrich?

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

3. What is revealed about Georg in Chapter 97?

4. What do Ulrich and General Stumm think about intellect, as revealed by their conversation in Chapter 85?

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

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

7. What theory does Ulrich develop in Chapter 91?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ulrich's relationship with Gerda is a strange one. How do they feel about one another? Why have they never been intimate? Why do they feel sometimes as if they ought to be intimate with one another? What happens when they try to take their relationship to that level, and why? How do other people view their relationship with one another?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The author weighs in on the legal status of children and slaves as property of their parents and owners, respectively. Why were these laws put in place? What purpose were they intended to serve? When do these laws fail, and what is done in those cases? How have these laws changed since the book was written, and why? Do you think the author would approve of these changes?

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