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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. How does the main character describe the town in which he resides as of the first letter?
(a) As "cozy."
(b) As "backward."
(c) As "picturesque."
(d) As "disagreeable."

2. What example does Werther use to support his argument of the subject in the letter of August 12?
(a) A woman who poisoned herself.
(b) A boy who hanged himself.
(c) A girl who drowned herself.
(d) A man who shot himself.

3. What subject do Albert and Werther discuss so heatedly in the letter of August 12?
(a) Thievery.
(b) Fratricide.
(c) Infidelity.
(d) Suicide.

4. What is the name of the town an hours' walk from where Werther currently lodges?
(a) Waldmar.
(b) Bremen.
(c) Wahlheim.
(d) Erfurt.

5. Why, according to Werther, does the "torrent of genius" so rarely pour forth?
(a) Because the average individual is of too limited intelligence to qualify as a genius.
(b) Because God only imparts genius to a select few individuals.
(c) Because genius requires the close interaction of many people, and quarreling prevents this.
(d) Because genius requires obsession with one's subject, and only very few people are truly obsessed.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the letter of August 18, what thing does Werther admit to finding both joy and misery in?

2. To what does Werther compare the young woman with whom he has fallen in love?

3. What is the name of the man Werther meets at the vicar's home?

4. How does Werther perceive his relationship to other people?

5. Whose business must the main character deal with in the first letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Werther's opinion of his aunt?

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

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

4. How does Werther initially feel about Albert?

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

6. What does Werther mourn in the letter of May 17, 1771?

7. What example does Werther give Albert regarding the justifiability of suicide, and why does Werther take the standpoint he does?

8. How has Werther's life or attitudes changed after falling in love with Lotte?

9. What does Werther find appealing about being away from his friends and in a new town?

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

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