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 is the relationship between Ulrich and Diotima?

2. How did Gerda meet Hans Sepp?

3. Which other character cares deeply about the topic discussed by Ulrich and Arnheim in Chapter 121?

4. Ulrich notices in Chapter 122 that Arnheim refers to Goethe in what way?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Gerda gain in Chapter 119, and how?

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

3. What is revealed about Arnheim in Chapter 116?

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

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

6. What happens to Bonadea in Chapter 115?

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

8. What is the concept of "diminished responsibility" as outlined in Chapter 111?

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

10. What does Diotima do with Count Leinsdorf in Chapter 114?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moosbrugger is used by the author to relate several messages regarding how people judge one another. How do outsiders view Moosbrugger, and why? Why are they interested in him and his situation? How do they view the crime he committed? What is the theory of "diminished responsibility," and how does it relate to Moosbrugger, and people's opinion of him?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At several points in the novel, the author refers to the relationship between humans and nature, which have a profound impact on one another. What impact does man have on nature? And nature on man? Has this relationship changed, since the novel was written? If so, how? Do you think the author would have had the same attitude if he had lived during our time?

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