Mother Night Test | Mid-Book 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. Arpad Kovacs says he joined the Nazi S.S. The S.S. is famous for being what?

2. What is the narrator's "little Eden"?

3. What does the narrator do with his broom?

4. How does Mr. Noth die?

5. Where does Helga get the money to be able to reunite with the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter one, where is the narrator? Why is he there and what is he doing?

2. What does Robert Wilson, the Black Fuehrer of Harlem, mean when he says that he and the narrator were on "opposite" sides? Provide some explanation as to why Wilson chose the side he did.

3. What effect does the narrator's broadcast have on Werner Noth?

4. Explain why the narrator thinks Helga is "amazingly well-preserved."

5. What frequently occurs in the little park outside the narrator's window that would often get his attention, and what is the significance of this?

6. Why was Lionel Jones sent to prison (before he became acquainted with the narrator), and based on what evidence?

7. Of what does the Haifa Institute consider Heinz Schildknecht to be an expert and why?

8. What is Arpad Kovacs response when he reads the contents of one of Campbell's radio broadcasts?

9. Describe Resi's reaction to the news that her dog must be killed.

10. What is the gist of Bernard O'Hare's letter to the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, does Howard Campbell ever redeem himself for his crimes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role ethics plays in the lives of the characters during and after the war. Do many of the characters behave ethically? Be sure to cite examples of situations where a character's behavior may have been different if he or she had been in a different situation.

Essay Topic 3

Compare the treatment of Nazis in Mother Night to portrayals of Nazis in other works of literature, movies, or television shows (some examples: Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sound of Music, Life is Beautiful, Hogan's Heroes, etc.). Does the novel present Nazis in a more or less favorable light than other works? Does the treatment of Nazis in Mother Night seem more or less realistic?

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