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. What childish phrase does the Blue Fairy Godmother tell the narrator that he should not expect to hear for himself?

2. What is one thing that Heinz was willing to do for his motorcycle that he was not willing to do for his wife?

3. Which description best fits the narrator's New York home?

4. How does Bernard O'Hare, who had captured the narrator in Germany, get the narrator's address?

5. The narrator say his plays were medieval romances and as political as ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Lazlo Szombathy, the man who uses the rope intended for the narrator. What had he done in his native country and after coming to America?

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

4. Summarize the key points of the narrator's radio address that was played at the Iron Guard meeting.

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

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

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

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

9. Why had Father Keeley been "unfrocked"?

10. Briefly explain the "Nation of Two" the narrator frequently mentions. What is its original meaning and what does it signify to the narrator personally?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss friendships in the novel such as the friendships the narrator has with Heinz Schildknecht and George Kraft. Consider the role of deception in these and other relationships in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the process Howard Campbell goes through from hiding from prosecution to wanting to face punishment for his crimes.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss nationalism and patriotism as it relates to the novel. Does the novel handle these ideas as generally good, bad, or neutral? How does the narrator feel about these issues? Be sure to use examples to support your argument.

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