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. What is the symptom that indicates Gabriele is worsening in Chapter 9?

2. What does Mr. Spinell do after his initial reaction to the news of what's happened to Gabriele in Chapter 12?

3. Why did Gabriele’s father eventually let her marry Mr. Kloterjahn?

4. How is Mr. Kloterjahn's son described in Chapter 9?

5. Why doesn’t Mr. Kloterjahn do what he wants to do to Mr. Spinell in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dr. Leander recommend as treatment for Gabriele’s worsening condition?

2. Why do Mrs. Kloterjahn and Mr. Spinell choose to stay back from the sleigh ride?

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

4. Why does Dr. Leander transfer Gabriele’s case to Dr. Muller?

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

6. Why does Mr. Spinell find the scene of Gabriele and her friends in the garden so beautiful?

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

8. Why does Mr. Kloterjahn call Mr. Spinell a coward?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As with any author, Mann’s writing drew on his own life and experiences. What experiences did Mann live through that may have had an influence on his writing?

Essay Topic 2

The concepts of Art and the Artist are key in Tristan.How does Mann view art? How does he view and characterize artists? Does he see the artistic impulse as a strength or a weakness? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The novella ends with a conflict between Mr. Kloterjahn and Mr. Spinell. How does this come about? What issues do the two men have with each other? Compare and contrast their characters and the endings that the novella provides for each man.

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