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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 does the survivor finally remember during the trial, and what does Hanna do after the survivor tells the court this?

2. What happens to Sophie?

3. On what street does the narrator live?

4. How old is Hanna?

5. What illness does the narrator suffer from in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the lines of reasoning the defendants (including Hanna) give for not unlocking the church doors, as explained in Chapter 9.

2. Why does Michael decide to talk to his father in Chapter 12?

3. Describe what happened the night the church was bombed, as explained in Chapter 8,

4. Describe the encounter between Frau Schmitz and the narrator in Chapter 6.

5. Describe Hanna's life, as she tells it to Michael in Chapter 9.

6. Describe Michael's feelings about his last years in school and his first years in university, as he relates them in Part 2, Chapter 1.

7. As described in Chapter 10, where is Michael when he has an epiphany about Hanna? What is the epiphany, and how does Michael realize it?

8. Why is the narrator unable to take his eyes off of Frau Schmitz?

9. Describe the five defendants' roles, and their involvement in the crimes that brought them to the trial, as described in Part 2, Chapter 5.

10. What does Michael do in the weeks after he and Hanna have their first fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part 1, Chapter 9, Michael asks "Why does what was beautiful suddenly shatter in hindsight because it concealed dark truths?" What does this foreshadow? Do you agree with Michael that happiness about something cannot be regained if the memory ends in unhappiness? Why or why not? How does this question relate to the novel as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

In Part 3, Chapter 10, the reader learns that Hanna commits suicide. How did the author foreshadow her suicide? Compare and contrast the tone of Hanna's correspondence with Michael and her behavior when they meet at the prison. What changed?

Essay Topic 3

When Michael begins to read aloud to Hanna, it starts out as an intimate activity. Give examples as to how this activity strengthens their relationship. Compare and contrast how Michael feels about reading aloud to Hanna in the early stages of their relationship to the later stages. What has changed?

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