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. Who had been asking about Xavier at the Archiv?

2. What nationality was Globus?

3. Where had Churchill fled to in 1944?

4. Where does Xavier take his son out for the day?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. State one way in which Xavier tries to block the pain of being tortured.

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

3. What is notable about the ransacked pile of items in Xavier's apartment?

4. Why does Henry not think that Luther will be granted asylum?

5. Why does Xavier's passport confuse the customs official?

6. Why is Xavier looking for bricks?

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

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

9. Why is Xavier complimentary of Globus on the phone?

10. What happens when after Luther appears?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

How does the book's setting affect the meaning of the book? Do you think the story would be as effective in Stalin's Russia or Mussolini's Italy?

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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