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. What do Helene and Julius give Gerda for her birthday?

2. How many Jews are left in Gerda's village?

3. How does Gerda console herself?

4. Who is with Arthur?

5. Why do Gerda and her friend spend so much time in the town's graveyard?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is taken from Gerda?

3. What do the Weismanns sell to make ends meet?

4. How many Jews are left in the city of Bielitz?

5. What does Gerda's family give her for her birthday?

6. What does Helene tell Gerda as they are separated?

7. To what camp is Julius to be moved?

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

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

10. Where does Gerda meet Abek?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gerda is 15-years-old when the Nazis are invading her small town of Belitz, Poland. She is 21 when the war comes to an end. Compare and contrast the life of a typical girl who is 15-21 years old to the life that Gerda is forced to live.

a. What experiences would a 15-21 year old girl have (specifically)?

b. How does being in a concentration camp affect her physically and emotionally?

c. How does being separated from her family change the way she develops?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the story, Gerda gets married and moves to the US with her husband, Kurt Klein. Do you feel she should return to Poland to search for any remaining family or friends?

a. How has Gerda been able to honor the memories of her family and friends?

b. How has Gerda's experiences made her stronger?

Essay Topic 3

At one point we are introduced to Mr Pipersberg who is Gerda's father's business partner. What is the significance of this character? What is the common interest that Mr. Pipersberg and Julius share? What happens when Mr. Pipersberg tries to enter the fur factory?

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