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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. To what does Werther compare his "poor heart?"
(a) To an ailing child.
(b) To a blushing maiden.
(c) To a questing knight.
(d) To a robust soldier.

2. What kind of tree borders the town square where Werther spends much of his time?
(a) Maple trees.
(b) Birch trees.
(c) Linden trees.
(d) Fir trees.

3. According to Werther, what is the one thing that makes Man's life worthwhile?
(a) Desire.
(b) Love.
(c) Art.
(d) Poetry.

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

5. What tone does Werther desire his literature to have?
(a) That of soothing lullabies.
(b) That of passionate desire.
(c) That of determined resolve.
(d) That of rousing action.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Werther think of when he watches the village girls?

2. Why is the main character happy at the beginning of the first letter?

3. How does the main character describe the town in which he resides as of the first letter?

4. Whom does Werther assist in his or her daily chore?

5. What of old Count von M.'s does the main character praise for its pleasurable effect?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Werther describe the town of Wahlheim?

2. How does Werther describe his delight in the countryside surrounding Wahlheim?

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

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

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

6. How does Werther perceive his relation to the commoners of the village?

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

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

9. 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?

10. How is Werther first received by the commoners of the village, and how does Werther view their reaction to him?

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