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. Andor Gutman tells the narrator that music played through the loud speakers all day long at the prison camp, but was occasionally interrupted by the phrase, "Leichentrager zu Wache." What does "Leichentrager zu Wache" mean?

2. Where was the narrator born?

3. Which description does NOT apply to Lionel Jones?

4. What is the war crime that Howard Campbell stands accused of?

5. Bernard Mengel, who guards the narrator at night, tells the narrator he does what in his sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why had Father Keeley been "unfrocked"?

2. What happened to members of the Sonderkommando when their job was done? How were they replaced?

3. How and where does the narrator learn the lurid details of his father-in-law's death and what does the narrator find troubling about the article, besides the fact that it is about the death of someone he knows?

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

5. How does the narrator describe The White Christian Minuteman and what is his reaction to it arriving in his mailbox?

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

7. What is Abraham Epstein's mother hoping to prove when she speaks to the narrator in German?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Mother Night is a fictionalized account related to real events. Discuss whether you think works like Mother Night help us to understand historical events better or if pure historical accounts alone are sufficient. You may want to discuss whether historical novels have a place in a history class or belong only in a literature course.

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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