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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In his letter of May 17, what does Werther find the state of humanity to be?
(a) Horribly sinful.
(b) Happy and joyous.
(c) Awesome and inspiring.
(d) Generally monotonous.

2. What does Werther say "wastes his heart away" in the letter of August 18?
(a) The "depressive lethargy" of his own soul.
(b) The "corrosive power" of the natural world.
(c) The "sublime sensitivity" of his favorite author.
(d) The "black despair" inherent in the night sky.

3. Why has Werther not written to the usual recipient of his letters as of late?
(a) Werther has been very ill.
(b) Werther has been traveling.
(c) Werther has been busy with business affairs.
(d) Werther has become infatuated with someone.

4. What does Werther resolve to do in the letter of September 3?
(a) To leave Wahlheim.
(b) To write a love letter to Lotte.
(c) To propose to Lotte.
(d) To take his own life.

5. How does the main character describe the person with whom he must conduct his business?
(a) As enthusiastic and humorous.
(b) As wicked and false.
(c) As vigorous and kind-hearted.
(d) As suspicious and conniving.

Short Answer Questions

1. What activity does Werther fill his time with, at the beginning of the novel?

2. In which location does Werther arrange to meet Lotte and Albert?

3. What is the name of the person to whom Werther writes his letters?

4. At which event did Werther meet a new female acquaintance?

5. In which object or objects is Werther surprised to find clear evidence of his own folly?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Werther describe the town of Wahlheim?

2. What event has incited Werther to leave his friends, and how does he view this event?

3. Who does Werther meet while sitting on a plow in Wahlheim's town square, and what is the substance of their various interactions with Werther?

4. To what type of people does Werther compare those who he thinks are happiest in life, and what is his reasoning for this comparison?

5. What is the substance of Werther and Lotte's conversation the night before Werther leaves Wahlheim?

6. What does Werther promise the person to whom he writes this letter?

7. What activities does Werther engage in now that he is away from his friends and in a new town?

8. What "worthy man" has Werther gotten to know, and where does he live?

9. What does Werther ask his friend Wilhelm not to do, and why?

10. What are Lotte's views on books and reading?

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