The Trial Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 object does Herr Huld’s maid give to K. so that he can return and visit her in “His Uncle – Leni”?

2. As K. resists against the two strangers who take him away from his apartment in “The End,” he envisions what creatures tearing their own legs off?

3. What sound is described in “Block, the Corn Merchant – The Dismissal of the Lawyer” as signifying the start of one’s trial?

4. What word from “The End” means highly offensive or hateful?

5. Huld’s maid tell K. in “Block, the Corn Merchant – The Dismissal of the Lawyer,” “I neither want nor need any other reward than for you to” what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does K. meet with in his office in “The Lawyer – The Factory-Owner – The Painter”? What does this character give to K.?

2. How is K. first introduced to Herr Block in “Block, the Corn Merchant – The Dismissal of the Lawyer”?

3. How would you characterize the relationship between Block and Dr. Huld in “Block, the Corn Merchant – The Dismissal of the Lawyer”?

4. How is the setting described in the opening of “The End”? Where is K. taken?

5. What is K. contemplating in the opening of “The Lawyer – The Factory-Owner – The Painter”?

6. What element of symbolism in The Trial connects K. to the theme of “Original Sin”?

7. How is the weather described in the opening of “The Lawyer – The Factory-Owner – The Painter”? Where is K. located in the beginning of the chapter?

8. What does the character of Titorelli represent symbolically in The Trial?

9. In what way is K.’s character similar to Job from the Old Testament?

10. How does the parable from “In the Cathedral” relate to the story as a whole?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine and discuss K.’s actions, objectives, and obstacles in returning to the court in the opening of “In the Empty Conference Hall – The Student – The Offices.” Why does K. assume the courtroom will be in session? What are his concerns about returning? What does he find at this location?

Essay Topic 2

Define “narrative point of view” in literature and identify the narrative style in The Trial. Is the narrative of the story related from a first, second or third person narrator? Is the story told in present or past tense? What effects do these choices have on the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the character of the Examining Magistrate in “The First Hearing.” What is this character’s power within the courtroom? How does the Examining Magistrate greet K.? What does this character represent symbolically in the story?

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