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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. Where does Michael see Hanna again, in Part 2, Chapter 2?

2. What does the narrator say about the night after he took the bath in Frau Schmitz's apartment?

3. How old is Hanna?

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

5. What day of the week does Michael have a break from the trials and his studies?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator find the courage to return to Frau Schmitz's apartment?

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

3. Describe the building on Bahnhofstrasse.

4. Describe the memory the narrator discusses in Chapter 7, when he is four years old. Why is it significant?

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

6. What does Michael do while staying home alone during the last week of vacation, in Chapter 12?

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

8. Why is the evidence actually favorable to the defendants, as explained in Chapter 7?

9. What does the narrator's mother assume he would do at the end of Chapter 1, after the narrator is diagnosed with hepatitis?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel Michael mentions the images of Hanna that stay with him, like a "mental projector." Give examples of some of the images that Michael mentions, and describe why those images might stay with him. Why might the author include this visual imagery, and what does it symbolize in the context of the relationship between Hanna and Michael?

Essay Topic 2

This novel is narrated in the first person, with Michael Berg, the main character, acting as the narrator. What are the advantages of Michael narrating a story in which he is a central character? What are the disadvantages? How does the author use Michael's "flashbacks" to convey the central themes of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses an interesting technique in the beginning of the novel; he doesn't introduce the readers to Michael until Michael and Hanna formally introduce themselves. Why is this? Why might this technique be beneficial to the story? Why not? Do you think this was a conscious decision by the author? Why or why not?

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