Short Essay Questions Key
1. How does tradition and the fact that Daniel's family has been in Germany for over a thousand years affect his parents' decisions about emigrating?
The fact that Germany is considered their home, and because his mother's family has been in Germany for over a thousand years, Daniel's parents are reluctant to leave. Unlike his Uncle Walter, Daniel's father and mother still think of Germany as their home and do not see why they should leave it in favor of some place new.
2. What purpose does the character of Mr. Schneider serve to the overall plot?
Mr. Schneider's purpose to the plot is to illustrate how Jews were treated in public school. Daniel's experiences with him are expressed for the purpose of conveying to the reader that other Jewish children were subjected to the same or worse type of prejudice and racial stereotypes as the ones promoted within Mr. Schneider's classroom. It is also true that Mr. Schneider always felt Jewish children were beneath him and other Germans, but the rise of Adolf Hitler allowed him to air his hatred freely.
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