Fatherland Test | Final 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 is waiting for Xavier at Columbia House?

2. Where are the archives of the General Government located?

3. what does the Führer call the Swiss?

4. What whiskey does Charlie send to Xavier?

5. What colour is Zaugg's hair?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Xavier and Charlie find in the deposit box?

2. What happens when Xavier boards the plane?

3. What happens when after Luther appears?

4. How does Xavier try to justify parking in front of the Great Hall?

5. How does Charlie intend to cross the border into Switzerland with the documents?

6. Who does Xavier think of as he waits to leave Switzerland?

7. Why does Nebe allow Xavier to go to Switzerland?

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

9. Why is Krebs shocked by Xavier's revelations?

10. Why does Xavier not tell Nebe of the painting in Zurich?

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

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 3

Fatherland is part of the thriller genre. What are the conventions of the genre in terms of character, language and plot? How does the alternate history affect the impact of the novel?

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