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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. How old is Hanna?

2. What is one of the narrator's first memories of childhood?

3. How does the narrator describe the feeling he gets from his father regarding their family?

4. What does Michael plan to do while the trials are in another location?

5. In what language does Michael have to read the survivor's book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Michael's classroom and classmates as they are presented in Chapter 13.

2. Describe Hanna's lawyer from Part 2, Chapter 3.

3. How does Michael justify thinking of Hanna as a horse in Chapter 14?

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

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

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

7. Describe the bicycle trip that Michael and Hanna take during Michael's Easter vacation.

8. At the end of Chapter 11, what are the comparisons Michael makes to his predicament with the trial?

9. Describe the only time Michael sees Hanna by chance, in Chapter 16.

10. Describe Hanna's bold and unconventional move during the trial, as outlined in Chapter 6.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the trial, Michael talks about the feelings of numbness that overcome him. In Part 2, Chapter 4, Michael uses an analogy to convey his numbed feeling; a "hand pinching an arm numbed by an injection". Why might the author use this analogy? Why does Michael liken his feelings to those of another person, under anesthesia? How does this allow Michael to be active, but also removed from the novel?

Essay Topic 3

In Part 1, Chapter 5 Michael says that he recognizes a life pattern in himself, and that "often enough in my life I have done things I had not decided to do." What does Michael mean by this? Describe and give examples of the disconnect Michael feels between making a decision and completing an action. How does this act as a foreshadowing of Michael's later behavior?

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