Briar Rose Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Becca point out to her father that Gemma did not have in Chapter 14?

2. According to information given to Becca in Chapter 12, how did the men feel about Gemma in the camp?

3. According to Gemma, what is still clinging to the palace walls when the prince arrives there?

4. Who is Marge Pierce?

5. Who do Becca and Magda find that tells them about the concentration camp in Chelmo?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 24, why does Josef ask Becca to visit his house, and for how long?

2. Why does Becca wet herself in Chapter 19?

3. Where does Gemma tell Becca the Briar Rose story in Chapter 15? Who else listens, and what does he object to?

4. In Chapter 15, what is the song in Gemma's version of the Briar Rose story about?

5. In Chapter 20, what does Magda say inspired her to return to her own Jewish roots?

6. In Chapter 12, what does Becca note is missing from the ending of Gemma's version of the Briar Rose story?

7. What does Magda say about the teacher who taught her about the concentration camps?

8. What realization does Becca have when she meets Josef Potocki?

9. How does Becca find out the meaning of 'Ksiezniczka'?

10. Why does Becca point out that Gemma had no tattoos?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story of Sleeping Beauty is used as an allegory for Gemma's experiences during the war. Discuss Gemma's version of the Sleeping Beauty story compared to the traditional Sleeping Beauty story.

Essay Topic 2

What is an allegory? How is the novel "Briar Rose" an allegory of the sufferings experienced by those imprisoned in concentration and extermination camps during WWII?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the motif of death in the novel "Briar Rose". How does Yolen illustrate the death motif throughout the novel? What do the characters think of death? How do the characters, particularly Becca, react to the deaths?

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