HERMANN HESSEA Biographical Resemblancein Siddhartha Questions and Answers
Question #1 When and where was Hermann Hesse born?
Answer Q1 • Born July 2, 1877, at Calw (kalf), Wurttemberg, Germany on the edge of the Black Forest.
Question #2 Where is the town specifically located?
Answer Q2 • On the edge of the Black Forest (Germany)
Question #3 What was the vocation of his parents and maternal grandparents?
Answer Q3 • They were Pietist missionaries. • His grandfather was also a student of Indian dialect. *Pietist – German Lutheran
Question #4 What was the name of the school from which he ran away?
Answer Q4 • The protestant Maulbronn Seminary from which he ran away from in 1892.
Question #5 What can we infer is the reason why he ran away from this school?
Answer #5 • Perhaps because he did not want the same career as his parents
Question #6 After leaving school, what were the two jobs he had?
Answer Q6 • He worked in bookstores as a young man, but was also an apprentice in a tower and clock factory.
Question #7 • What two types of professional help did he seek?
Answer Q7 • He tried both faith healing and psychoanalysis.
Question #8 • What was he trying to achieve by seeking this help?
Answer Q8 • Peace of mind
Question #9 • What specific knowledge did his visit to India in 1911 give him?
Answer Q9 • His trip provided an understanding of Eastern religions
Question #10 Into what did he incorporate his knowledge from this trip?
Answer Q10 He incorporates them into his novels, such as Siddhartha
Question #11 • What part did he play in World War I?
Answer Q11 • He attacked militarism and nationalism of Germany; therefore, he was labeled a “traitor.”
Question #12 • Who did he join?
Answer Q12 • Hesse joined pacifist Roman Rolland
Question #13 • In what type of activities did he partake?
Answer Q13 • He became involved in anti-war activities.
Question #14 What important event took place in Hesse’s life in 1923?
Answer Q14 • He became a citizen of Switzerland.
Question #15 • When and how did Hesse die?
Answer Q15 • Died August 9, 1962, from a cerebral hemorrhage
Question #16 • What was the name of his illness? • How long did he have it without knowing?
Answer Q16 • He suffered from Leukemia for 6 years without knowing he had it.
Question #17 Name two themes that Hesse used repeatedly in his writing.
Answer Q17 • Common themes include identity and humanity’s role in the world, or self-realization
Question #18 What are the attitudes or experiences that Hermann Hesse has in common with his protagonist, Siddhartha? In other words, what are the autobiographical elements in the novel?
Answer Q18 • Like Siddhartha, Hermann Hessedoes not follow in his parents’ footsteps and makes his own. • Both know about Easternreligions • Both foughtfor what they believed. • Both soughtpeace of mind. • Siddhartha is an example of Hesse’s common themes.