The Man Without Qualities II: The Like of It Now Happens Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Ulrich feel about Clarisse?

2. According to the author in Chapter 112, at what point does a great man cease to be great?

3. How does Gerda learn of Arnheim's ulterior motives in Chapter 119?

4. What two things does the General compare when talking to Ulrich in Chapter 100?

5. Why does Gerda decide to tell the person she tells in Chapter 119?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Count Leinsdorf concerned about in Chapter 107?

3. What does Gerda do with the information she gains in Chapter 119, and why?

4. What is the status of Diotima and Arnheim's relationship in Chapter 105?

5. Who is Bonadea, and what is her history with Ulrich?

6. What do Walter and Clarisse fight about in Chapter 118?

7. What is said about the Kakanians in Chapter 108?

8. Who does Ulrich encounter in Chapter 122, and how does he respond?

9. What concept does Arnheim contemplate in Chapter 106, and how does he feel about it?

10. What does the narrator say about children and servants in Chapter 113?

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

Ulrich and General Stumm have several conversations about the subjective value of intellect. Why does General Stumm value intellect so highly? Why does Ulrich feel that he values it too highly? Do you agree? Is there any objective way to determine the value of intellect?

Essay Topic 3

Nationality is an important concept in this novel. Several characters are identified by their nationality, and all of the characters have a strong sense of patriotic pride. Why is nationality so important? Which characters feel the strongest regarding their nationalities? Would contemporary readers have shared this strong sense of national pride? Is this something that has changed between the time the novel was written and now?

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