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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 daughter want to keep?
2. From whom does Michael receive a letter in Chapter 7?
3. Who does Michael meet at the cemetery?
4. Where does Michael send the tapes and recorder?
5. What is Michael's daughter's name?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Michael notice about himself after he is taken to the hospital with fever?
2. What does Michael do with his own writing?
3. What does Michael do during the summer after the trial, as described in Part 3, Chapter 1?
4. In Chapter 17, how does Michael describe Hanna at her sentencing?
5. What happens when Michael speaks to Hanna, right before she is released, at the end of chapter 9?
6. What does Michael decide to do after he and Gertrud separate in Chapter 5?
7. How does Michael react after reading the letter in Chapter 7?
8. What does the prison warden tell Michael about Hanna and her time in prison?
9. In Chapter 16, why does Michael say he "finds it unendurable to do nothing"?
10. Describe the situation that happens at the restaurant in Chapter 15.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast Michael's attitude toward Hanna at the beginning of their relationship and before the trial. How does Michael change over that time? How does he mature, emotionally and physically?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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