Mother Night Test | Lesson Plans 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. What is the ironic flaw in the design on the hilt of the narrator's dagger?

2. What fact does the narrator never reveal to his wife?

3. Who was Rudolph Franz Hoess?

4. Why did Resi remove her mittens when she was sitting in the music room?

5. What made Lionel Jones a wealthy man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Goebbels' response to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address?

2. Describe the Western Hemisphere University of the Bible. What kind of courses were taught and how could one earn a degree there?

3. In the last chapter, what surprising detail is revealed about Heinz Schildknecht?

4. Describe Heinz Schildknecht's wife as the narrator portrays her. Why does he not like her?

5. Describe what happened to the narrator after being beaten and knocked unconscious.

6. Describe the narrator's and Helga's careers before the war begins, and how do they support each other in their careers?

7. Describe the narrator's encounter with Adolf Eichmann in the Tel Aviv jail.

8. What is Dr. Epstein's reaction when the narrator says he wants to turn himself in for war crimes?

9. Describe the planned escape to Mexico. Who was involved and how?

10. Describe the narrator's surroundings when he regains consciousness after being beaten.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think the narrator decides to commit suicide once the fact that he was an American spy is verified and he is no longer wanted for war crimes? Discuss reasons you believe the narrator would prefer to end his life rather than begin a new life as a free man.

Essay Topic 2

Mother Night was originally published in 1961 and is set in that time and in earlier times of the narrator's life, especially World War II. Discuss whether a novel written decades ago relating to events that happened decades before that is relevant today.

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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