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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 one opportunity is destroyed by Trudi's father?
2. What does Hanna encourage Matthias to do?
3. When do Hanna and her mother go off to swim?
4. Who does Hanna say died as an infant?
5. Who does Trudi meet at the river one day?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Manfred Weiler's family live?
2. Who is Klara Blocker?
3. Where do Hanna and Renate search for Hans-Jurgen and what is the outcome?
4. How does the wife respond to her husband's request and what does Manfred do?
5. What is Hanna's mother told by the nuns when she goes to the convent, and what is the mother's response?
6. How did Trudi's mother dropping her supposedly affect her?
7. How old was Hanna when her mother died and how did her mother die?
8. How is Trudi treated as a child?
9. How does Manfred's father end up dead?
10. What does Hanna think about as she is recovering from her fright on the river?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Hanna learns more about her parents as she grows older. This collection of stories tells the reader some of the things she learned about her parents as a young girl. Hanna learned that her father is a conservative man who often does not act impetuously. However, Hanna's father was engaged to another woman when he met and decided to marry her reckless mother. Hanna studies her parents' relationship and sees them as balancing one another out, her father keeping her mother safe and her mother injecting some happiness and excitement into her father's life.
1. How do you think a child's views of her/his parents change as they grow older? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Explain the cliche: Opposites attract; in relation to Hanna's parents. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. How do you think Hanna's life was affected by her parents' relationship and their individual differences? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Floating in My Mother's Palm, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Floating in My Mother's Palm. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?
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