The Marquise of O, and Other Stories 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. How do the Count and the Marquise live until after the baby is born?

2. How does the Count feel about marrying the Marquise?

3. What does the Marquise command her porter to do?

4. What did the Count see a vision of?

5. What is the Marquise forced to do after she awakes following the attacks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Marquise refuse to do before leaving the house?

2. What does the Marquise's mother do to prompt a reconciliation between the Marquise and her father?

3. What happens while the family are trying to think of a way to show their gratitude to the Count?

4. What happens to the Marquise's family because of the war?

5. During dinner with the Marquise and her family, what does the Count tell them about?

6. How does the Marquise's father react when he hears that the Marquise is with child?

7. How does the story end?

8. What does the Count do after visiting the Marquise's family?

9. What does the Count tell the family, which surprises them?

10. What does the Count share about his experiences since he saw the family last?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the elements of mystery which von Kleist employs throughout the short story "The Marquise of O". What techniques does von Kleist use to create a sense of mystery and intrigue? What plot points are surrounded with mystery? Does the reader learn the truth in the end?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of good versus evil in the short story collection "The Marquise of O, and Other Stories." What characters struggle with the invisible line between good and evil? Why do they struggle with this, and how do they overcome this struggle?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the examples of out-of-wedlock pregnancies found in the short stories "The Marquise of O" and "The Earthquake in Chile". How do these pregnancies affect the protagonists of the stories? How does society react to these pregnancies?

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