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. Which individual is not mentioned by Ulrich as one of his long-term friends in Chapter 103?

2. What point of view does the author use in Chapter 119 to relate the thoughts and feelings of Ulrich and Gerda?

3. During the protests in Chapter 120, Arnheim is viewed as a representative of what country?

4. What phrase is used to describe the Kakanians in Chapter 108?

5. What is Bonadea's husband's rank in the military?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens between Ulrich and Gerda in Chapter 119?

3. How do outsiders relate to Moosbrugger, and why are they interested in him, according to the information presented in Chapter 110?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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