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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 happens on the day in July when Michael leaves a pool party to be with Hanna?

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

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

4. What do the other defendants claim after Hanna's admission?

5. What does Michael wear?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What makes Frau (Hanna) Schmitz so angry in Chapter 8?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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