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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 must Michael decide after his last state exam?
2. How does Michael feel at the end of Part 2, Chapter 16?
3. What does Michael's companion tell him about on the way to their destination in Part 2, Chapter 14?
4. What is the daughter like?
5. Why is Michael annoyed at the end of the Part 3, Chapter 9?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Michael do during the summer after the trial, as described in Part 3, Chapter 1?
2. What happens to Michael when he visits the cemetery in Chapter 3?
3. Describe Gertrud and the relationship she develops with Michael as described in Chapter 2.
4. Of Hanna's possessions, what does the daughter decide to keep, and why?
5. Describe the situation that happens at the restaurant in Chapter 15.
6. How does Michael react after reading the letter in Chapter 7?
7. What does Michael notice about himself after he is taken to the hospital with fever?
8. What happens when Michael goes to talk to the judge in Chapter 16?
9. How does Michael feel upon seeing Hanna in Chapter 8, and how does he describe her?
10. What does Michael do to prepare for Hanna's release in Chapter 9?
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
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 3
In Part 2, Chapter 14, Michael has an exchange with a man who gives him a ride to the concentration camp. How does their conversation illustrate the disconnect between Michael's generation and that of his elders? How are their opinions about the war and justice similar, and how do they differ?
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