Floating in My Mother's Palm Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ursula Hegi
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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 month of pregnancy is the narrator's mother entering?

2. What is Klara watching when she remembers the end of the war?

3. What does Hanna often do with a flower she steals here and there?

4. What caused Hanna's father to fall in love with Hanna's mother?

5. What illness does Renate suffer as a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Trudi call Hanna's father's actions concerning his marriage and what does Hanna think about that?

2. What happens when Hanna's baby brother is born?

3. How does Siegfried ultimately die?

4. Who is Klara Blocker?

5. How does Hanna's mother get Hanna involved in swimming?

6. What does the narrator's mother learn when she returns to the convent after starting labor?

7. How does Hanna's father end up marrying a different woman than the one to whom he is first engaged?

8. How did Trudi's mother dropping her supposedly affect her?

9. How is Oma healed of the second blood clot?

10. What does Matthias tell Hanna about his life as a priest in training?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of Floating in My Mother's Palm and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Ursula Hegi.

2. What in Hegi's background may have helped her in writing Floating in My Mother's Palm? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Floating in My Mother's Palm. Questions that Hegi most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Hegi's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Hegi's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Hegi and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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