All But My Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gerda Weissmann Klein
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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. How do the Weissmanns' non-Jewish neighbors react to the occupation?

2. What does the family learn about Arthur?

3. Who does Gerda make sure to say goodbye to before she leaves.

4. Where did Gerda and Helene vacation the previous summer before the invasion?

5. Who does Gerda keep her fears away from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of job do the women perform?

2. How is Mr. Pipersberg treated when he goes to check on the fur factory?

3. Gerda and other girls are sent to what camp?

4. What changes take place once the Nazis take over?

5. Why didn't Gerda's family escape sooner?

6. How long does it take the Germans to conquer Poland?

7. Where do Gerda and her family live in the Ghetto?

8. Who does Gerda receive a letter from, and what is the letter about?

9. Who visits Gerda's father while he is sick?

10. Why does Arthur go to visit his girlfriend and what does he find?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gerda manages to survive despite many close encounters with death:

a. What gave her the courage to carry on and survive?

b. Is there anything that Gerda should have done differently?

c. How have her experiences shaped the person that she became?

Essay Topic 2

In several parts of the story Gerda mentions the garden that once belonged to her family:

a. What was special about the garden in Gerda's mind?

b. How did the garden play a part in her father's recovery?

c. Why was Gerda forced to say goodbye to the garden she loved so much?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following questions to write about:

1. What two themes are the most prevalent in the book? Discuss the themes and describe two specific situations in which the themes are present.

2. Compare and contrast the characters of Kurt Klein and Abek. How are the men alike and different? How does one capture Gerda's heart while the other cannot?

3. The theme of fear is ever present during Gerda's imprisonment. Explain how fear cycles throughout the novel and amongst the girls in the camp.

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