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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 of the following countries were close-knit rivals in Chapter 21?

2. Which of the following was Robert Musil's nationality?

3. According to Musil, which of the following characterized the previous Century?

4. Which of the following trait types were discovered with the newness of the Century?

5. What did the judge state that the defendant did regularly with other people in Chapter 30?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Soliman.

2. What did Arnheim say about the arts in Chapter 40?

3. Describe Musil's literary style.

4. Describe Clarisse's letter in Chapter 59.

5. What did Musil say about morality in Chapter 50?

6. Describe Bonadea.

7. Describe Leo Fischel who is mentioned in Chapter 35.

8. Why did Ulrich separate himself from Arnheim in Chapter 42?

9. Describe Diotoma and Count Leinsdorf's relationship.

10. What did Clarisse's piano playing with her husband reveal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Power in society is a prevailing theme in The Man Without Qualities. Musil frequently refers to that theme, painting the picture of the monarchy's last days in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the need to preserve order in a shaken world. Which characters appear honest and which appear corrupt. Why? Which characters appear to rise above corruption even if they are initially vulnerable to it? What is your opinion of the society that Musil describes? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

There are many autobiographical features in The Man Without Qualities that are believed to belong to Musil. Which aspects appear invented, and which characters seem modeled or inspired by real people in Musil's life? Conduct some research and discuss.

Essay Topic 3

The Man Without Qualities is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery--powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture that we form in our minds of the story that we read. It can involve visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, and kinesthetic senses. The author uses imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate with in our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

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