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. What city did Musil live in later in life as a post-Expressionist writer?

2. What did the judge try to bring into question about the defendant in Chapter 30?

3. Which of the following did Ulrich join after he finished school?

4. Which of the following groups of writers shared the same literary lineage with Musil?

5. With whom did Ulrich discuss the crime in Chapter 30?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Musil think about Moosbrugger's personal life that contributed to his behavior in Chapter 61?

2. Describe the circumstances that made Musil move to Germany initially.

3. Describe the premise behind Moosbrugger's sentence in Chapter 60.

4. What made Arnheim famous in Chapter 48?

5. Describe Ulrich and Diotima's interaction in Chapter 69.

6. Describe Soliman.

7. Describe Musil's observations about civil engineers in Chapter 10.

8. What was considered to be a good sign in Chapter 47 regarding Diotima?

9. Describe Musil's observations of old age and youth in Chapter 45.

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

Explain Musil's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances in which humor is apparent, and explain why the author used humor where he did.

Essay Topic 2

Musil employs simple, minimalist, highly-controlled, meticulous yet effective language in contrast with complex language. Both styles employ powerful symbolism. Choose an example of symbolism, briefly describe it, and identify the technique that it embodies.

Essay Topic 3

Technology is a recurring theme in The Man Without Qualities. What advancements occur in technology? Describe some of the tools, equipment, and changes. How accurate are they? Do those changes result in positive or negative consequences? Discuss.

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