Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why is Xavier March known as 'the fox' instead of 'grey wolf'?
Although Xavier is a determined detective with grey eyes and grey hair, he does not 'run with the pack' and follow orders willingly. He is more reliant on his brain than muscle.
2. How has the Unter den Linden changed since 1936 in the novel?
Before '36, the street had been lined with lime trees. In what is described as 'official vandalism', they were cut down and replaced with ten-meter-high stone columns with a Party eagle atop each one. The author compares the sight to a Red Indian burial ground.
3. How are the Reich security forces organized?
There are three main parts to the security agencies in the Reich. At the top are the Sipo, embracing the Gestapo and the Party's security force, the SD. At the bottom are the Orpo, or ordinary policemen. In between are the Kripo, who investigate everything from straightforward crime to murder.
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