All But My Life Test | Final 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 does Abek look when Gerda is finally allowed to see him?

2. What can Gerda not bear to do?

3. How are the girls forced to travel to the next camp?

4. How does Gerda spend her "free time" at the new camp?

5. At this point, as they march through the snow, what is the collective thought among the girls as the days pass by?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Abek given up to be with Gerda?

2. What part of Gerda's body has been the most affected by frostbite?

3. Why does Gerda begin to convulse after arriving at the Red Cross hospital?

4. What date are the girls forced to go to their new camp?

5. How does Gerda say goodbye to Abek?

6. When is Gerda given an identifying number?

7. What must the girls wear once they have been registered at the camp?

8. On May 6, 1949, Frau Kugler announces that the girls will be moved where?

9. Who is the senior Jewess of Gerda's camp area?

10. How old is Gerda when she goes to see Burnberg for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are several parts of the story where the girls are beaten for eating bread or simply forced to march for days at a time without food:

a. Why would the Germans want to keep them malnourished?

b. What affects does this have on some of the girls?

c. What do they eat instead of bread to help keep them alive?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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