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 upsets Hanna about six months after her mother dies?

2. With whom does Immers live?

3. Why does Rolf confront Hanna?

4. What is the pastor forced to do concerning the new man in town?

5. Who molests Karin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How and why does Anton cull his violets?

3. What is the effect of the painter's actions on Anton and what do the townspeople say about it?

4. How does Rolf feel and what does he do about what Hanna tells him?

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

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

7. How does Hanna describe Hannelore's personality?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in Floating in My Mother's Palm? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in Floating in My Mother's Palm including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Floating in My Mother's Palm and your own live to support your opinion.

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