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. Why does Xavier think the parcel was wrapped by a woman?

2. What position had Halder held in the U-boat service?

3. Where does Artur Nebe live?

4. Which department has Stuckart's file?

5. Which investigator was meant to be on duty the morning of April 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is inside the package Xavier takes from Buhler's mailbox?

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

4. How are the Reich security forces organized?

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

6. How was Stuckart and Maria Dymarski said to have died?

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

8. Describe Xavier March's apartment.

9. What is the Schwanenwerder?

10. Why has Stuckart's death been transferred to the sexual crimes division?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Artur Nebe and Globus.

1. What is their relationship to each other?

2. How are their ideas different?

3. How do their differences in opinion prove to be destructive?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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