The Man Without Qualities Test | Mid-Book 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 of the following did Ulrich notice that the country that he visited was moving toward in Chapter 21?

2. Whose sanity was under question in Chapter 32?

3. According to Musil, which of the following geographical areas emphasized decorum, yet allure in dress?

4. Whom of the following was Ulrich curious about in order to understand what a man of importance was like?

5. Who did Ulrich meet and become attracted to in Chapter 22?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Soliman.

2. Describe what Clarisse shared about Lucy to Ulrich and Diotima in Chapter 70.

3. Describe Diotoma and Count Leinsdorf's relationship.

4. Why was Clarisse sad about Walter by Chapter 15 and 16?

5. What took Moosbrugger back into the public limelight in Chapter 53?

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

7. Describe Arnheim and Diotima's relationship in Chapter 41.

8. Describe Ulrich's view of Napoleon in Chapter 9 and contrast it with the American view.

9. Describe the love interest that friends pushed Ulrich to make in Chapter 22.

10. What comparison did Ulrich make between Moosbrugger and his relationship with Bonadea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of women in The Man Without Qualities takes on very different forms. For example, Bonadea is a mistress who exerts power in the bedroom, while Clarisse is a wife whose abhorrence for mundane life drives her husband mad. Describe.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one instance of irony in The Man Without Qualities. Cite at least two examples that you can identify in the book, and note why irony is exemplified.

Essay Topic 3

Musil discusses both patriotism and war vividly in The Man Without Qualities. Find some examples of same in the book, and discuss the effect of those topics on Ulrich's character.

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