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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 was Anton Immers' occupation?
2. How does Immers win prizes?
3. How does Manfred's mother respond to her husband?
4. What does Immers take care of all the time?
5. What does Immers do a few months after the incident?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where do Hanna and Renate search for Hans-Jurgen and what is the outcome?
2. Why does Hanna's mother feel guilty when she hears about Karin Baum's situation?
3. From where does Hans-Jurgen escape and who decides to search for him?
4. How does Manfred's father end up dead?
5. How does Hanna describe Hannelore's personality?
6. What does Hanna do at the river when she is upset at her father?
7. Who is Veronika and why does she eat all the pastries that Hanna's mother serves?
8. What did Rolf tell Hanna not to do?
9. How and why does Anton cull his violets?
10. Who is Hannelore Beier?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Discuss the following:
1. Who is/are the protagonists of Floating in My Mother's Palm and why?
2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?
3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?
4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?
5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.
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