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 the pastor forced to do concerning the new man in town?

2. What is found recently by the police?

3. What happened on New Year's Eve, 1952?

4. What does Manfred's father know he will do?

5. What does the man do after the pastor took this action?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Manfred's father endanger Manfred?

3. How old was Hanna when her mother died and how did her mother die?

4. Why does Hannelore leave her brother's home?

5. Where does Manfred Weiler's family live?

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

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

8. What upsets Hanna about her father after her mother died and where does she go to get away from the situation?

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

10. How does Hanna describe Hannelore's personality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Floating in My Mother's Palm and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Floating in My Mother's Palm is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Floating in My Mother's Palm. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hegi chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hegi chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Hegi's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hegi use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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