Berlin Noir Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philip Kerr
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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 did Herring die?

2. Who is the professor of forensic medicine that Gunther brings to assist him on the case of the serial murder of teenage girls in Berlin?

3. Whose phones does Goering tap?

4. Whose assignment is to go undercover to find the location of the documents that everyone wants?

5. When Gunther goes to the burned house, who or what arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gunther reveal at the police station after being taken from the Haupthandler's residence and why is he still frantic?

2. When Gunther goes to the morgue, what does he learn about Grete?

3. Describe Julius Streicher.

4. What did the German Strength group need from Bock and Mutschmann and what happened to them?

5. Why does Hermann Six want Gunther's services?

6. What does Goering offer Gunther and vice-versa?

7. When Gunther meets with Marlene, what does he learn about Six, Pfarr, and Grete?

8. Describe Inge.

9. Why is Mutschmann in prison?

10. What does Gunther believed happened to Pfarr and Grete that he tells Six when he goes to collect his fee?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the main themes in the book is good versus evil. However, unlike other works of fiction, in Berlin Noir, this line at times can seem hard to distinguish. For example, when Gunther is employed by the Gestapo, he shares investigative results with Nazi officials that use this information for destructive purposes. In looking at the actions of the characters in Berlin Noir, who emerges as a "good" character and why? Who emerges as an "evil" character and why? What frailties are present? How do you think circumstances affect the definition of "good" and "evil" in Berlin Noir? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Detective fiction is a popular genre for its archetypal characters such as the hard-boiled detective, the dangerously alluring femme fatale, and the well-heeled villain surrounded by gun-toting thugs. Which of these characters appear in Berlin Noir? Are there any variations to their characterizations and in what way? What aspects of this popular genre do you find appealing and why?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

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