Berlin Noir Test | Final 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. Who does Gunther find out takes cocaine?

2. Who is the Russian intelligence officer that comes to Gunther in need of investigative services?

3. What makes Gunther very uncomfortable about the investigation?

4. Despite the perpetrators being taken away by police, why is Gunther's satisfaction short-lived?

5. What files of interest to Gunther did the Berlin Documents Center contain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Captain Linden and Becker meet.

2. What does Gunther learn at the Berlin Documents Center?

3. What does Colonel Poroshin ask Gunther to do?

4. Describe Konig.

5. How does Gunther kill Nebe and escape?

6. What did Gunther's wife do that he found disturbing?

7. What does Becker's ex-wife tell Gunther about Becker?

8. Why is Gunther willing to be a mole in the American organization in Pullach?

9. What does Gunther learn from Reinhard through harsh interrogation?

10. What is Gunther's theory that he reveals to Belinsky about Becker and Holls in A German Requiem - Part I, Chapters 10-18?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"He had a nose that looked like it'd gotten more pockmarks in it than every bit of land between the Germans and English at the Somme." Find other examples of simile employed by Philip Kerr in the Berlin Noir that are effective and humorous, revealing interesting details about characters.

Essay Topic 2

Fear is an important theme throughout the book, particularly when unusual, unexplained, or terrible things happen. Discuss fear as it is used in Berlin Noir. Explain how fear works into various stories and how it relates to various characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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