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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. Why does the prison warden tell Michael she is nervous?
2. What is one area of Michael's specialty?
3. Where does Michael go in the beginning of Part 2, Chapter 14?
4. How does Michael feel at the end of Part 2, Chapter 16?
5. What is Michael's wife's name?
Short Essay Questions
1. Although Michael is happy, why does he also feel sorry for Hanna?
2. What happens to Michael when he visits the cemetery in Chapter 3?
3. What does Michael dream about on the train from Boston to New York, on the way to visit the daughter from the trial?
4. What decision does Michael struggle with at the beginning of Chapter 4, and why?
5. What does Michael decide to do after he and Gertrud separate in Chapter 5?
6. In the beginning of Chapter 12, right after Hanna's death, what does Michael decide to do? Why?
7. What happens when Michael goes to talk to the judge in Chapter 16?
8. What does Michael receive at the beginning of Chapter 6, and why does this cause him great joy?
9. What does the prison warden tell Michael about Hanna and her time in prison?
10. What does Michael do with his own writing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
In Part 3, Chapter 1, Michael describes a "German fate." What is the German fate? How does Michael equate the pain of his love for Hanna to his own German fate? How does their relationship parallel the generational conflict in Germany?
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