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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 time of year is it in Chapter 3, Part 3?
2. How much money does Hanna leave for Michael to handle?
3. What does Michael say about his exchange with Hanna?
4. At the end of Part 3, Chapter 1, to what does Michael equate his love for Hanna?
5. When is the verdict reached?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 17, what is the atmosphere in the courtroom at the beginning of the sentencing?
2. Describe Gertrud and the relationship she develops with Michael as described in Chapter 2.
3. Describe the prison warden, and the exchange she and Michael have when Michael comes to the prison and finds out Hanna has committed suicide.
4. In Chapter 16, why does Michael say he "finds it unendurable to do nothing"?
5. Describe the situation that happens at the restaurant in Chapter 15.
6. What happens when Michael goes to talk to the judge in Chapter 16?
7. What does Michael say about his relationships after Gertrud?
8. How does Hanna respond to Michael's questions about the trial and their relationship?
9. What does Michael do with his own writing?
10. What does Michael notice about himself after he is taken to the hospital with fever?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Part 1, Chapter 9, Michael asks "Why does what was beautiful suddenly shatter in hindsight because it concealed dark truths?" What does this foreshadow? Do you agree with Michael that happiness about something cannot be regained if the memory ends in unhappiness? Why or why not? How does this question relate to the novel as a whole?
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
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?
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