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

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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 does Hanna's paternal grandmother have only one leg?

2. How long did Hanna's mother hear about her paintings from people?

3. Where does Siegfried die?

4. How does Hanna's mother decide to help Oma?

5. What reassurance does the mother receive?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Siegfried ultimately die?

2. What do the townspeople say is the source of Trudi's dwarfism?

3. Describe Klara's romance with an American soldier.

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

5. What is wrong with Renate's leg and why and how does Hanna try to fix it?

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

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

8. Describe Hanna's father.

9. What do the townspeople thing about Hanna's mother and how do they respond to her paintings?

10. What happens to Hanna's paternal grandmother and how does she cope?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Floating in My Mother's Palm.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Floating in My Mother's Palm. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Floating in My Mother's Palm. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes Floating in My Mother's Palm interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Hanna. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hanna's mother. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hanna's father. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Floating in My Mother's Palm help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Floating in My Mother's Palm? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Floating in My Mother's Palm to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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