Essay Topic 1
Hofmiller's relationship with Herr Kekesfalva and his family begins with a simple dinner invitation, but by the end of the book, it has had a dramatic effect on the lives of all the primary characters. Discuss the evolution of his relationship with the family. Why does it change so quickly? How does Hofmiller's personality lead him into such a complex relationship with the family?
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the book, it is clear that Hofmiller is desperately concerned with how other people perceive him. Identify three specific examples of this and write about how each example directly affects the book's plot. How might things have turned out differently if Hofmiller had not been so concerned with appearances?
Essay Topic 3
How and why does Hofmiller try to keep his friendship with the Kekesfalva family separate from his life with his friends and fellow soldiers? How does it affect...
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