Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel 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. Who is Alex referring to when he says, "it is as if after surviving so much, there was no longer a reason to survive" (143)?

2. Concerning Jonathan's novel, what does Alex ask Jonathan to do?

3. What is odd about traveling to Trachimbrod with the old woman?

4. What do Jonathan, Alex, and Grandfather see when they finally reach Trachimbrod?

5. What does Alex admit to Jonathan in the "Letter Dated 17 November 1997"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does the old woman in "Falling in Love" know Jonathan's grandfather? What does she tell Jonathan?

2. How does Safran's teeth effect his life? What might have been different if he had not been born with teeth?

3. In "Falling in Love," what does "Augustine" look like?

4. Why is it ironic that Safran asks his great-great-great-grandfather to not "let me hate who I become" (141)?

5. The old woman tells that she must live near Trachimbrod as "punishment" (189). According to her, what is she being punished for? What does this mean to you?

6. After reading "What We Saw When We Saw Trachimbrod, or Falling in Love," the reader might suspect that Lista was a character in her own story. Who might she be? How do you know? Why do this?

7. Although the novel does not say it directly, based on what is written in the Book of Antecedents, what can we assume Brod asked the Kolker to do? Why would she ask this?

8. Why does Alex lie about his sex life?

9. Safran muses "the more you love someone . . . the harder it is to tell them" (234). What is he referencing? Is this true? Why?

10. Is Jonathan a reliable narrator? Defend your response.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the novel, there is a theme of responsibility. Every man or woman is somehow responsible for their child's actions. Discuss the concept of a father/mother's responsibility for the their child's actions. Is this true? Give examples from Foer's novel and provide examples from your own life that may show responsibility in family relationships or the lack thereof.

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, Foer suggests that everything that ends begins again. Remember that the theme of rebirth does not necessarily have to do with physical rebirth. Their can also be spiritual, emotional, and symbolic rebirth. Discuss this theory and how Foer supports it. What does it mean? What does it teach?

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