Film study: The Lives of Others (test, essay questions, and summary)

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The Lives of Others (test; essay questions; summary)

Included in this unit are the following:

➢ Ten multiple choice questions (and answers)

➢ Two short answer questions (and answers)

➢ Three suggested essay questions that refer to other sources: Plato's Republic, Montaigne's Of Friendship, and a quotation from Vladimir Lenin

➢ A short summary of the film

➢ First page of the screenplay

➢ Teacher notes - these include several links

The Lives of Others is a wonderful film written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. It is 137 minutes long.

It won the Oscar for best Foreign Language Film in 2007.

I teach it in several of my classes; it is suitable for high school, college, and university students.

I teach THE LIVES OF OTHERS as a TEXTURE TEXT or a CONTEXT TEXT usually alongside THE REPUBLIC. It is an excellent film to use when studying philosophical concepts including, but not limited to, the following: justice, courage, ethics, sacrifice, freedom, and humanity.

Please have a look at my unit on Schindler's List:

Schindler's List: test/essay questions/a Prezi.

The following is taken from wikipedia:
The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German thriller film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

The film involves the monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his boss Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman's lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland.

The film was released in Germany on 23 March 2006. At the same time, the screenplay was published by Suhrkamp Verlag.


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Film study: The Lives of Others (test, essay questions, an
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Film study: The Lives of Others (test, essay questions, an