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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 is the purpose of The Lottery?

2. What is the name of the synagogue that straddles the "Jewish/Human fault line" (10)?

3. In the "Letter Dated 28 October 1997," what does Alex say that he catches his grandfather doing?

4. Who says "the bruises go away, and so does how you hate, and so does the feeling that everything you receive in life is something you have earned" (68)?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Yankel change his name? Why did he choose "Yankel"?

2. Describe how Yankel's feels when he finds out that he is going to be a father.

3. 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?

4. Why does Alex claim it would it be "cinchier" for Jonathan to follow his dream?

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

6. Alex tells Jonathan that he "did not amputate Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior from the story" (55) despite Jonathan's request that he do so. Why would Jonathan not want SDJJ in the story? Why does Alex keep her?

7. What clues tell the reader that Brod is having a vision of the future in "Recurrent Secrets, 1791-1943"?

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

9. Why does Alex agree to go to Lutsk? Use the book to aid in your response.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Lista and Grandfather. Do not focus on external characteristics, as these will be obvious. Instead, think about what kind of people they are. How do they handle pain? How do they feel about forgiveness? What kinds of life choices do they make? How do they live or not live?

Essay Topic 2

What is love? This question has been asked by many playwrights, poets, and novelists. There are many different answers, and many of them are true. Jonathan Safran Foer is no exception and has written a novel about the depths of love and what true love is. This novel explores the absence of love, the definition of love, and the acceptance of love. Explore and analyze Foer's concept of love in an essay. Reference the novel to aid in your response.

Essay Topic 3

The title Everything is Illuminated, tells that all things come to light. In the story, many truths come to light and each have different effects. Are some truths better left unsaid or should truth always be sought out? Write a five paragraph essay discussing this concept. Reference the novel to support your assertions.

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