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 protects Norris from the unwanted visitor?

2. Which of the following character intercepts the communique?

3. Where does Bradshaw go after leaving Berlin?

4. What word is best used to describe the behavior received by Bradshaw in the bar?

5. To which government were the secrets to be sold?

Short Essay Questions

1. What precipitates the meeting between Bradshaw and Piet? Where does it occur?

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

3. What is one of the causes that allegedly caused Norris to leave Berlin?

4. What news does Bradshaw receive regarding the Baron?

5. What was it that made the Baron so upset in regards to Norris?

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

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

8. What was the result of the upsetting news?

9. In addition to watching all the activity around him, what mystery does Bradshaw attempt to solve?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bradshaw, Christopher and others were expatriates living in Berlin. What is an expatriate? Have you ever met one? Are you one? Where might you find an expatriate? What are your opinions on expatriates? Write a 500-word essay about becoming an expatriate OR find at least five famous expatriates and write a short bio on each.

Essay Topic 2

Bradshaw seems shocked when he sees Norris and the Baron involved in lewd activities. Discuss the events that led up to the house party. Why was Bradshaw shocked? Did Bradshaw participate in the activities? Was Anni present as a professional or as a guest? Who else was present? What did Bradshaw do? How was the subject addressed after the fact?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the characters in both novellas seem to be transient, moving from place to place, almost at the drop of a hat. Why do you think it was popular to move in with another person or family, even if you had just met? Why did Christopher choose to move in with the Nowaks? Was it common practice or something that was related to the time period and/or the atmosphere of Berlin?

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