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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Throughout the novel, who is Jonathan looking for?
(a) Augustine.
(b) Safran.
(c) His grandmother.
(d) His grandfather.

2. What ailment does Grandfather claim to have?
(a) He claims to have a trick knee.
(b) He claims to be blind.
(c) He claims to have a broken toe.
(d) He claims to be deaf.

3. According to Alex, why does Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior like Jonathan so much?
(a) She likes his story.
(b) She likes his eyes.
(c) She likes his voice.
(d) She likes his cologne.

4. In a vision, Brod sees a boy reading from the Book of Antecedents. What is the title of the section he is reading from?
(a) "The dream of living forever with Brod."
(b) "This is me with Augustine, February 21, 1943."
(c) "Sadness."
(d) "The First Rape of Brod D."

5. In the "Letter Dated 28 October 1997," what does Alex say that he catches his grandfather doing?
(a) Kissing a woman.
(b) Reading a letter.
(c) Sleeping.
(d) Crying.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which statement is an accurate description of Jonathan?

2. According to Alex, what is Grandfather like after the trip to Lutsk?

3. What does Alex's father call him?

4. What is Grandfather hired to do?

5. What do the women of Trachimbrod call Brod behind her back?

Short Essay Questions

1. "An Overture to Encountering the Hero" is meant to be humorous. What elements make it funny? Why?

2. Foer writes that Brod could "never be happy and honest at the same time" (79). What does this mean? Give examples from the text.

3. Describe the relationship between Alex and his father.

4. The synagogue has some strange features. Describe some of them.

5. Yankel lies to Brod. What does he lie about? Why does he lie? What do you think about his lies?

6. What types of things does Yankel write in order to remember who he is? Why does he write about these memories?

7. Describe the origin of Trachimday.

8. In "Falling in Love, 1791 -1796," we learn that Yankel's wife has left him. What are her motivations and what do you think of this?

9. Sofiowka claims that the twin girls did not see anything. Do you believe him? Explain your position.

10. Name two things Alex claims to be, but that we might suspect he is exaggerating. Explain your response.

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