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. What role, formerly belonging to Arnheim, is usurped by Hans Sepp in Chapter 113?

2. According to Chapter 113, what is the position of the child and servant?

3. What is the concept of "diminished responsibility," as defined in Chapter 110?

4. Who is the gathered crowd protesting in Chapter 120?

5. What country is mentioned with regard to the challenge of keeping diverse forces united in Chapter 116?

Short Essay Questions

1. What idea does Ulrich have at the end of Chapter 120?

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

3. What do Diotima and Ulrich discuss in Chapter 101?

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

5. What comparison does General Stumm make between libraries and warfare in Chapter 100?

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

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

8. What do Ulrich and Arnheim say about Moosbrugger in Chapter 121?

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

10. What is the author trying to demonstrate through Ulrich and Gerda's actions in Chapter 119?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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