HERMANN HESSE A Biographical Resemblance in 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 Hesse does not follow in his parents’ footsteps and makes his own. • Both know about Eastern religions • Both fought for what they believed. • Both sought peace of mind. – Siddhartha is an example of Hesse’s common themes.