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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 is this character's profession?
2. Who visits with Christopher?
3. Fraulein Mayr belongs to which organization?
4. How old is Sally?
5. What does Otto leave for Christopher after the break up?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is familiar about the lodgings of the narrator?
2. What is the overall format of the book? What is one of the main recurring themes?
3. Peter shows several instances of mental illness. Describe the illness and what Peter has chosen to do about it.
4. What events lead up to the first problems with Sally and Christopher?
5. How does Christopher end up living with Otto and his mother, Frau Nowak? Describe the atmosphere.
6. What precipitates Sally's move from her residence? Where does she go?
7. How does Christopher describe Bernard? How does he compare to Natalia?
8. What is the nature of the relationship between Peter and Otto?
9. What happens to Bernard at the end of the story? What does it really mean?
10. Who are the residents of the boarding house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Characters in both novellas express strong support for their political party of choice. How do people on opposing sides maintain friendships? How did Isherwood and Fraulein Schroeder continue an amicable relationship after she devoted herself to the Nazis? What were Isherwood's true opinions? Was he really a Communist or did he show interest only because he was introduced to the concept by Norris? Explain.
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