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 does the narrator's mother realize?

2. What does Hanna encourage Matthias to do?

3. What does Hanna think her mother and father do for each other?

4. Why does Oma ask to go to the hospital?

5. What is the outcome of Oma's illness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do many people believe is the cause of Trudi becoming an old maid?

3. What does Matthias do about Hanna's suggestion about the man who visits him?

4. What is Hanna's mother told by the nuns when she goes to the convent, and what is the mother's response?

5. How does Siegfried ultimately die?

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

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

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

9. Describe Hanna's father.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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