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 is the dentist that died of a heart attack?

2. How did Becker gain release from a Russian POW camp?

3. Who is able to afford a high-priced lawyer and a nice home in Vienna?

4. When Becker returns to the studio, what does he discover has been taken from him?

5. Who is a car dealer at a local casino in Pullach?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Colonel Poroshin ask Gunther to do?

2. Describe Konig.

3. Describe how Captain Linden and Becker meet.

4. What does Gunther realize about Linden's death from Belinsky and looking at dental records in Dr. Heim's office?

5. When Becker opened one of the packages he was supposed to deliver, what did he find?

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

7. What does Gunther do to discover more about Vogelmann and what does he find?

8. What is life like in Berlin as the Cold War begins?

9. How does Gunther kill Nebe and escape?

10. What do the American counter-intelligence officers want from Gunther?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title "German Strength" is used for the undercover organization in Berlin that contains many former Nazi officials and ex-convicts. What does this title imply? What emotions does this title evoke for you as a reader? How does this compare to your understanding of the Gestapo, the Nazi party, citizens' groups, and counter intelligence groups? Do you think the group has the right to organize or not? Describe and discuss.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

Discuss the theme of honor and courage in Berlin Noir. Which characters, if any, seem honorable and courageous and in what way? Do the circumstances of war change the definition of what honor and courage is? Describe.

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