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

2. According to the daughter, how could the prisoners have saved themselves?

3. Where did Hanna serve?

4. In Chapter 16, what does Hanna want to do instead of reading?

5. What, at first, does Michael decide to be Hanna's motive?

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

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

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

5. Describe Michael's daydreams from Chapter 13.

6. What does Michael do, in Chapter 17, when he realizes Hanna has disappeared?

7. In Part 2, Chapter 4, how does Michael compare the trial to being a prisoner in a death camp?

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

9. Describe how Michael becomes involved in the court and Hanna's trial, as it is told in Part 2, Chapter 2.

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Hanna and Micheal's relationship is immediate and intense, yet the reader only has Michael's view of their budding romance. From a literary standpoint, why might the author construct their relationship in this way? What are the disadvantages for reader, of not knowing how Hanna truly feels about Michael? The advantages?

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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