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 does Krebs offer Xavier and Max?

2. What does Xavier compare Karl Krebs' politeness to?

3. What smell do Xavier and the attendant try to cover with their cigarette smoke?

4. What colour are the walls of the reception room where Frau Trinkl views the body?

5. How did Buhler lose his foot?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is in the cellar of Buhler's house?

3. What is the Pimpf, and why is Pili proud to be a part of it?

4. Describe Xavier's office in the Kripo headquarters.

5. Why is Xavier March known as 'the fox' instead of 'grey wolf'?

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

7. How are the Reich security forces organized?

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

9. Why do you think Max is scared by the Gestapo involvement in Buhler's death?

10. Why is Charlie already in trouble with the German authorities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What are the main turning points of the book? How does Harris develop his story to get to each turning point? Do you think that Harris successfully builds up the tension in the book to reach the final climax?

Essay Topic 3

In 1994, a TV film of the book was made by HBO. What are the main differences between the novel and the film version? Why do you think the filmmakers adapted these points differently to the author? Do you think the film is effective in telling the story of Fatherland?

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