Floating in My Mother's Palm Test | Final 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 is Manfred's father too afraid to do?

2. Where does Hanna find Rolf the next morning?

3. What does Hanna do when she gets angry at Rolf?

4. What does Hanna scheme for a while after Karin gives birth?

5. Where did Hans-Jurgen recently live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to a young couple who are in their car and who do the townspeople think is responsible?

2. What is Anton Immers' hobby?

3. Where does Hanna find Rolf, what do they do there and upon what do they agree?

4. From where does Hans-Jurgen escape and who decides to search for him?

5. What does Hanna think about as she is recovering from her fright on the river?

6. Where do Hanna and Renate search for Hans-Jurgen and what is the outcome?

7. What does Manfred's father do with the money and then what does he ask his wife when he returns home?

8. What does Hanna do when Rolf says his request?

9. Who is the new person in town and how does this involve Hannelore?

10. Who is Veronika and why does she eat all the pastries that Hanna's mother serves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Floating in My Mother's Palm belongs to the general fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the general fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a general fiction novel and a mystery?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Floating in My Mother's Palm is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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