Tristan (by Thomas Mann) 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. How long had Gabriele and her husband known each other when he proposed?

2. Where would Gabriele sit with her friends when she was young?

3. What does Mr. Spinell say are his weapons?

4. How does Mr. Spinell get the letter to Mr. Kloterjahn in Chapter 10?

5. How is Mr. Spinell’s room at Einfried described?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Mr. Spinell, why is what he is saying to Mr. Kloterjahn in Chapter 10 not an insult?

2. How does Mr. Spinell describe the scene within his letter in Chapter 10?

3. What has Mr. Kloterjahn supposedly done to Gabriele, according to Mr. Spinell's letter in Chapter 10?

4. How does Mr. Spinell ultimately convince Mrs. Kloterjahn to play piano?

5. What does Dr. Muller recommend in Chapter 9?

6. According to Mr. Klotejahn in Chapter 11, what were Gabriele and her friends really doing in the garden by the fountain?

7. How does Mr. Kloterjahn say that he will get even with Mr. Spinell after Mr. Spinell's letter?

8. What eventually convinced Gabriele’s father to let her marry Mr. Kloterjahn?

9. How is the letter that Mr. Spinell writes in Chapter 10 described?

10. What does Mr. Kloterjahn do in response to Mr. Spinell's letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Gabriele Kloterjahn’s character and how she embodies major themes in Tristan. How does Mann characterize Mrs. Kloterjahn? As an artist, what does she seem to represent? What does her illness represent? Does Mann seem to be making any kind of commentary with her character? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Thomas Mann had a very distinct style that included the use of parataxis. Why did he choose to write in a long-winded manner? Was he a precise writer? Why or why not? Did the fact that he wrote in German have anything to do with his use of parataxis? What advantages and disadvantages does the use of parataxis hold for the writer? What advantages and disadvantages does its use hold for the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Mr. Spinell, seemingly uncontrollably, idealizes certain aspects of the world and certain people in it. Where do we see examples of his idealization? Why does he romanticize certain things and people in this way? Can he help it, or is it involuntary? What does this say about his character?

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