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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. Johannes discusses his thoughts at seeing Cordelia step out of a carriage, which he notes is a '____________ step.'

2. Johannes looks forward - intensely - to their rendezvous, and sees a rendezvous as what?

3. Does Johannes believe that it is within his power to plot Cordelia's psyche?

4. What does Johannes continue to worry about Cordelia?

5. From here, what must be understood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What should be noted regarding the author and the characters in this story?

2. What does Cordelia say in the second letter?

3. What does Edward do regarding his interest in Cordelia?

4. What does Johannes discuss in his April 14th entry?

5. What does the April 9th entry say?

6. How does Johannes prepare to grow closer to Cordelia at this point?

7. What does Cordelia say in the first letter?

8. How does the book open?

9. What does Johannes learn regarding Cordelia and her family on the 19th?

10. How does Cordelia's attention begin to veer away from Edward and towards Johannes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Johannes describes love.

Part 1) How does he describe love? What does this description reveal about him? What might it reveal about the culture in which he lived?

Part 2) Do you believe that Johannes truly loves Cordelia? Why or why not? Does he ever grow to love her at any point in the story? If so, when and why? If not, why not?

Part 3) How would you describe love? How does your description compare to Johannes'?

Essay Topic 2

Johannes discusses his opinion of women.

Part 1) How does Johannes describe women? What does he believe all women have in common? How do women compare to men?

Part 2) What does this discussion of women reveal about Johannes? Does it help clarify anything regarding his relationship with and feelings for Cordelia? Explain.

Part 3) Do you agree with what Johannes has to say? Why or why not? Might other men of his day agree with him? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Kierkegaard is the author writing from the perspective of a man who has come upon the letters of a man named Johannes, who Kierkegaard intends to represent himself.

Part 1) Why does Kierkegaard want to write as if he is Johannes? What can be learned regarding this book from reading the introductory?

Part 2) What can be learned about the author from this story? How is he like Johannes? How might the real Cordelia feel about this story? Is she much like the Cordelia in the story? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) What is your opinion of Johannes? Do you have the same opinion of the author? Should the author have written this book about his life? Why or why not?

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