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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 country is mentioned with regard to the challenge of keeping diverse forces united in Chapter 116?
2. What surfaces during a heated argument between Walter and Clarisse in Chapter 118?
3. What is the relationship between Ulrich and Diotima?
4. Why does Ulrich decide not to write a book in Chapter 103?
5. What societal problem is present in the novel for the first time in Chapter 120?
Short Essay Questions
1. What changes in Chapter 117 for Rachel?
2. What is said about the Kakanians in Chapter 108?
3. What does Ulrich realize about himself in Chapter 103?
4. What do Walter and Clarisse fight about in Chapter 118?
5. What information is presented in Chapter 102 regarding Hans Sepp?
6. What does the narrator say about children and servants in Chapter 113?
7. What do Ulrich and Arnheim say about Moosbrugger in Chapter 121?
8. What idea does Ulrich have at the end of Chapter 120?
9. What happens between Rachel and Soliman in Chapter 104?
10. Who does Ulrich encounter in Chapter 122, and how does he respond?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ulrich's destination at the end of the novel is not revealed. Why did the author choose to end the novel this way? How do you, as a reader, feel about this ending, and why? In literary terms, was this ending effective? What point is the author trying to make with this ending?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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