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 limb is the corpse missing?

2. What does Max Jaeger compare his drink to?

3. What nickname is Max Jaeger sometimes given?

4. Where does Xavier try to escape from?

5. What letter is written on the pennant of the Mercedes limousine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three possible solutions Xavier poses as solutions to Buhler's death?

2. What does Xavier learn from Frau Trinkl?

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

4. What is the landlady's opinion of Charlotte Maguire?

5. What happened to Paul Han and Magda Voss?

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

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

8. What role in the art-smuggling ring did Stuckart play?

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

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

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 author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Pick a character from the book and discuss his or her goals and motives. Do they achieve their motive? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters? How do the characters' goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

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