The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris, Goodbye to Berlin Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who else do the men spot at the station?

2. What noticeable accessory does the woman wear?

3. Norris claims that Bayer owes him which of the following?

4. Who is introduced as being Anni's "Impresario?"

5. What does Piet reveal to Bradshaw in secrecy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Bradshaw meet on arriving at Norris' house for tea? What is the man's occupation?

2. What was the result of the upsetting news?

3. Describe the situation between Norris and Bradshaw after the confrontation. Where did the men go together?

4. Describe the communiqué received by Bradshaw. What were the contents? Who sent it?

5. What becomes obvious to Bradshaw over the next few days?

6. What are Bradshaw's suspicions about the Switzerland trip? Are they valid suspicions?

7. What happens as the night wears on? Who is involved?

8. What does Fraulein Schroeder tell Bradshaw?

9. The narrator makes what declaration about the election results?

10. What is the first piece of information given to Bradshaw regarding Norris' true identity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Christopher Isherwood's career as a writer, before and after he moved to the United States in 1946. What was Isherwood's original reason for traveling to Berlin? How long did he stay in the country? Where did he go after he left Germany? What other books did Isherwood write? What two plays were inspired by "The Berlin Stories?"

Essay Topic 2

Norris, the Baron, van Hoorn, Otto and others were involved in gathering and passing on information to various governments. Write a 750 word essay on this practice and how it might have been instrumental in World War II. Do you think what the men did was illegal? Who would punish them for their actions? What were the punishments? Do you consider the activities patriotism or an act of treason? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Several of the characters seemed to be completely oblivious to the political atmosphere in Berlin at the time of the stories. How is it possible to be oblivious to the political scene? Was the scene as volatile as Isherwood makes it out to be? Would it be as easy or more difficult to be as uninformed in today's society? What do you think became of those people that saw themselves as being removed from such issues? Would those people be affected regardless of their knowledge and/or involvement? Explain.

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