Floating in My Mother's Palm Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why does Manfred's father hang Manfred out the window?

2. How did Hanna's mother fit into the small town?

3. How did Hanna and her mother once get to a fancy restaurant?

4. Why is a search organized in the town?

5. Where does Immers live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Rolf learn about his father?

4. How does Hanna describe Hannelore's personality?

5. Why does Hanna's mother feel guilty when she hears about Karin Baum's situation?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Manfred's father endanger Manfred?

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

Rolf confronts Hanna about the joke. Hanna becomes angry and tells him that his father abandoned him because he did not want him. Rolf has never been told the truth about his father, therefore he is deeply upset by Hanna's words. When Rolf does not return home that night, a search is organized. The following morning Hanna finds Rolf near the river. Hanna tells him all she knows about his American soldier father. Rolf sends Hanna to learn more. Finally Rolf agrees to go home.

1. From the information given on Hanna's pranks, do you think she carried pranks too far? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Hanna was wrong for telling Rolf about his father? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the ways in which Rolf's knowledge of his father might change his life. 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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