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 was the name of Buhler's wife?

2. Where had Stuckart been the mayor of?

3. What was making the noise in the kitchen of Buhler's house?

4. What alerts Jaeger to the SS?

5. What nationality was Globus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Xavier's uniform.

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

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

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

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

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

10. How has the Unter den Linden changed since 1936 in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the main themes of the story. In what way are these themes relevant to the period? How does the author use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 2

From your own knowledge of the Second World War, do you find Harris' storyline plausible? What are the potential faults in his alternate history? Are there any significant changes that you would make?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following and discuss how it affects the tone of the book and helps to express character and theme.

1. Setting

2. Point of view

3. Structure

4. Language

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