Fatherland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Harris (novelist)
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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. What is the penalty for possessing a foreign bank account without permission?

2. Which composer is being played in the run-up to the announcement?

3. What was Buhler's main task as State Secretary?

4. How was Buhler's death reported in the newspaper?

5. Which floor is Stuckart's apartment on?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Xavier accuse Hermann Jost of being a homosexual?

2. What is the hierarchy of cars used by the security forces of the Reich?

3. What did Charlie notice when she first visited Stuckart's apartment?

4. Why does Willi Stiefel agree to work with Max and Xavier?

5. What is the significance of President Kennedy's visit to Berlin?

6. What reason for Buhler's suicide is given by Globus?

7. Why had Nebe blocked the court-martial proceedings against Xavier?

8. What led Jost to finding Buhler's corpse?

9. How had Germany achieved peace with the United States?

10. What is the official history of resettlement in Poland, as described by Rudi Halder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Fatherland with one of Harris' later modern historical novels Enigma and Archangel. How does his style develop? Does he change his viewpoint in any significant ways? How do you think his career as a journalist affected his novel writing?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the twist ending. Do you think Max Jaeger's betrayal was inevitable? Choose one scene in the book involving both Max and Xavier and discuss how the twist ending changes your perception of that scene.

Essay Topic 3

How did the German government keep the extermination of the Jews secret from the rest of the world? Do you think it is possible to keep such a secret?

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