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Candide

Voltaire

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1. Why is Candide expelled from the baron’s castle?

2. What is Jacques’ religious affiliation?

3. Which of the old woman’s body parts was eaten by soldiers in a besieged fort?

4. Whom does the Jesuit commander turn out to be?

5. What is the name of the hidden country into which Candide and Cacambo stumble?

6. Which of the following institutions does the abovementioned country have?

7. Which Enlightenment thinker is Pangloss’s character meant to satirize?

8. How do Candide and Cacambo escape from the Biglugs?

9. What precious animal does Vanderdendur steal from Candide?

10. Of what religious affiliation is Martin?

11. Why is the English admiral executed?

12. With whom did Voltaire eventually share a tomb?

13. Which of the following authors does Count Pococurante not disparage?

14. Where does Candide find Pangloss and the baron?

15. What activity brings Candide pleasure at the end of the novel?

16. About what event did Voltaire write a long poem?

17. The Enlightenment is also known as what?

18. Why will the baron not allow Candide to marry Cunégonde?

19. Who owns the unfortunate slave whom Candide encounters in Surinam?

20. Cunégonde has been the mistress of all of the following characters except one. Which one?

21. In which city are Martin and Candide arrested for being “suspicious strangers”?

22. Which character maintains that this is “the best of all possible worlds”?

23. To which of the following is Pangloss not subjected?

24. Which character is dead at the end of the novel?

25. What does Candide do to the deposed king Theodore of Corsica?

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Adam and Eve

by sary56, August 20, 2013

"Moreover, in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve enjoyed the fruits of nature without having to work..."
I don't think that's true. Genesis 2:15 says, "The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it." Adam's purpose was to work even before the fall, which happens in Genesis 3. Also, I don't believe that Adam and Eve fell from God's grace. Yes, God said "you shall surely die" if you eat of the fruit, and they did, but it was actually God's grace that made them go out of the garden to prevent them from li... Read more

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Life life

by Jekemi, January 05, 2014

What I got from this book is that whether Panglos is right or not. Whether Pessimism or Optimism prevailed, it doesn't do any good to philosophy over it.
Man was placed in the garden to work, not to be idle.

I believe that in the end Candide gave up on arguing - he simply realised the pointlessness of doing it and that true happiness will be by living life without thinking about it the whole time.

Thanks for your post.

Jacques

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This Book is About...

by AlexM4ck, April 30, 2014

Honestly I don't think this book has anything to do with religion, right or wrong. Any type of theorizing, philosophy, formal religion, or even societal emphasis on what is important is represented as something negative. For example, all church figures are corrupt, philosophers Pangloss and Martin no matter what their opinions are either ignorant or miserable. The happiest (and eventually model) character is the farmer, who thinks and works for himself. Voltaire was jaded by the corruption of religion and hopeless optimism of philosophy and ... Read more

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