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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. What has happened to the farmer-boy Werther once met in Wahlheim's town square?
2. Why, according to the Editor, did Albert often leave the room when Werther entered it?
3. What aspect of humanity does Werther assert, in the letter of October 26, makes him want to "tear his heart open"?
4. What does Werther assert about the state of mind of the person he meets in the letter of November 30?
5. What author supplants Homer in Werther's heart?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the interaction between Lotte, Werther, and Lotte's new pet, as related in the letter of September 12.
2. Describe the Prince and why Werther is involved with him.
3. What has caused the man Werther meets in the letter of November 30 to act the way he does?
4. Summarize the final interaction between Werther and Lotte.
5. What is the substance of Werther's letter of January 20 to Lotte?
6. What correspondence does Werther receive from a government minister, as related in the letter of February 17, and how does Werther react to the correspondence?
7. Describe the nature and circumstances of Werther's death and of his burial.
8. How does Miss von B. respond to Werther's humiliation, as related in the letter of March 16?
9. What reaction does Werther have to the news about the walnut trees in the courtyard of the vicarage?
10. What does Werther do during the flood of the river near Wahlheim, and why is this episode significant?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine the nature of Werther's love for Lotte. What specific words does he use to describe his love at different points in the text, and what associations or connotations accompany his various descriptions of his love? Do any inconsistencies in how he presents his love occur in the text? How does Werther act with Lotte at the beginning of the novel, in the middle, and at the end? How does he initially fall in love with Lotte, and what is the trajectory of his passion? Why does he leave Wahlheim for a period of time, and why does he return? How does Werther address the competition he (at times reluctantly) feels with Albert?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the role of Ossian in the novel. Who is Ossian (both ostensibly and actually), and why does Werther place him in such high regard? What effect does reading Ossian have on Werther? How does he relate to the work and its contents? Offer a close-reading of the fragment of Ossian the Editor quotes. Carefully analyze this portion of the text. Pay close attention to word choice, setting, imagery, figurative or metaphorical language, references, and the tone of the passages. How do you interpret this passage based on a close study of the connotations of all of these aspects of the text? What is its overall effect upon the reader? How do you feel this passage relates to Werther's own story, feelings and thoughts? Why might this passage and the subsequent ones which reflect on Colma's situation affect Werther and Lotte so profoundly? How might the voices of Ryno, Alpin, and the narrator of the fragment be interpreted by Werther and Lotte to be the voices of Werther's nearest and dearest friends and acquaintances?
Essay Topic 3
Address the question of Werther's narrative reliability. Is his changing and degrading mental and emotional state indicative of reliability? Can we trust that Werther's opinions and judgments are made rationally? What possible problems are there with having certain characters defined to the reader only through Werther's eyes? Is there anything ambiguous or inconsistent about Werther's character, style, opinions, feelings or expressiveness that could lead to questions about the integrity of his narration?
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