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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 do the two men share?
2. Bradshaw learns that Norris had spent time in which place?
3. The narrator surmises that the lead character may have what profession?
4. Bradshaw goes along with Norris to attend which event?
5. Who steals the money causing the event to be canceled?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was the result of the upsetting news?
2. How does Bradshaw react when he catches Norris and the women in a compromising position?
3. What is one of the causes that allegedly caused Norris to leave Berlin?
4. Describe the communiqué received by Bradshaw. What were the contents? Who sent it?
5. What are Bradshaw's suspicions about the Switzerland trip? Are they valid suspicions?
6. How does the narrator describe Mr. Norris? How do the men meet?
7. Discuss the party planned by Norris and the outcome.
8. Describe briefly what happened next to Norris.
9. How do Bradshaw and Norris part company at the end of the trip?
10. How does Bradshaw manage to get information about Norris?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is obvious that many of the characters in the book are homosexual or bisexual, although that precise word is never used. Why do you think Isherwood made many references to this behavior but avoided using any explicit reference to homosexuality and bisexuality? Cite various passages in the text that show a character's sexuality and discuss how it is referenced by Isherwood. Is Isherwood bisexual or homosexual? How do you know?
Essay Topic 2
Several of the characters have strong opinions about Nazis versus the Communists. Compare and contrast the two groups. Which do you think would be best for the German people? Who was the first to assert itself as a potential front runner? Which group prevailed? What happened to the other group? Do both groups still exist in Berlin today?
Essay Topic 3
Bradshaw talks about the persecution of the Jews at the hand of Hitler and the SS. Aside from the horror of the deaths, Bradshaw cannot help but think of his friends that are Jewish. Bradshaw wonders which have been tortured and which are dead. How would you feel in Bradshaw's shoes? Is there anything Bradshaw could have done to protect his friends? Does Bradshaw ever find out what happened to Rudi and the others?
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