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 does Alex think was "born to be a writer"?

2. In "What We Saw When We Saw Trachimbrod or Falling in Love," who says "I don't want to hear any more?"

3. How did Jonathan's grandmother survive the war?

4. Who asks "how are your books arranged" (231)?

5. What does Grandfather want to do with Alex's money?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Alex has changed throughout the novel. Identify how he has changed by the time he writes "Letter Dated 24 December 1997." What do you think brought about the change?

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

5. Alex asks Jonathan to finish writing the chapter "An Overture to Illumination." Why? Does Jonathan do it? How can you tell?

6. What is odd about Zosha's family home?

7. What does Jonathan tell Alex about his grandmother while waiting for Grandfather and the old woman? What do Jonathan and his grandmother have in common?

8. What is the relationship between Safran in 1941, Brod in 1804, and the Dial.

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alex is always asking Jonathan for forgiveness for everything from trivial things to important, life-altering events. Why is Alex always concerned with forgiveness? Who else is concerned with forgiveness? What does this say about Alex's character? Is Alex someone who needs forgiveness? Defend your response with the text.

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

Throughout the novel, there is the concept that lies and deception are disastrous. This theme is shown in just about every relationship in the novel. Why do people lie? Who do they lie to and what is the effect? What does this mean? What is the author's purpose of including lies in the novel?

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