The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris, Goodbye to Berlin Test | Final 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. The narrator likes to refer to himself as which of the following?

2. Who does Sally visit after the young man vanishes?

3. What other institution was visited by Christopher?

4. What is the name of the enigmatic character in the house?

5. What is the adjective best used to describe Otto's neighborhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the subtitle to this section? When and where do the events take place?

2. When do the events in Section five take place? What is the basis of the vignette?

3. What does Christopher discover when he returns to the Nowak house to pick up Otto?

4. What happens to Bernard at the end of the story? What does it really mean?

5. What precipitates Sally's move from her residence? Where does she go?

6. What was Christopher's reaction to being flirted with by two of the three ill women at the sanitarium?

7. What is the nature of the relationship between Peter and Otto?

8. What is the activity shared by Christopher and Fritz. Does the activity confirm any thoughts about Christopher's sexuality?

9. How does the author describe Peter and Otto?

10. What is the phrase the narrator uses to describe himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The term "queer" is used many times throughout the book, although in different ways. For example, Isherwood admits to being queer; Fraulein Schroeder tells Bradshaw that he has queer friends. Explain what is meant by the word queer. Use at least three references from the book and give proper context to the word and its usage. How else might the word be used? Was it a popular term in the 1930s? What does it mean in today's society? What other words are similar?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Last of Mr. Norris" Sally and Bradshaw are promised the world by Clive. Clive spoke of Hollywood and of all the wonderful things he could offer them. Discuss Clive and his promises. Do you think any of what Clive was saying was true? Why would he make such promises to Sally and Bradshaw? What happened to Clive? Did any of the promises ever come to fruition? Did Sally ever find anyone to properly finance her blossoming career?

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