Friedrich Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Hans Peter Richter
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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 does the teacher tell the students?

2. Why are the narrator's parents uncomfortable at the amusement park?

3. Who clears the snow?

4. Who does Mr. Schneider meet on the landing?

5. What does the narrator's mother do while his father is looking for a job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Friedrich's preparations for his first visit to a meeting of the Jungvolk.

2. How does the narrator describe the Jewish Sabbath dinner at Friedrich's home? What does this indicate to the reader?

3. What does Friedrich do after the verdict and what is the judge's response? Why do you think Friedrich responds the way he does?

4. Describe how the window is broken. Do you think the narrator shows courage in taking responsibility for breaking the window or is lying never acceptable?

5. What does this situation with Frau Penk demonstrate?

6. What does the speaker at the meeting talk about and what is Friedrich's reaction?

7. Describe the first encounter the narrator remembers between him and Friedrich.

8. What first appears in this chapter and what is the context?

9. Describe the proceedings in the court and their implications.

10. What is the date and setting and milieu at the opening of this novel and what major characters are introduced?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the chapter "School Days," it is traditional in Germany for families to celebrate the first day of school. Later in the chapter, "The Teacher," we learn that Friedrich has been barred from attending school. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. How important do you think education is to the German people at that time if they actually celebrated the first day of school? Do you think education still is important in Germany?

2. How do you think Friedrich felt when told he could no longer go to the public school? Is there any indication of his reaction? How would you feel under the same circumstances?

3. Research a little on the Jewish culture's attitude towards education. Would their ideas about learning cause the school children to feel better or worse about being excluded from the schools in pre-WWII Germany?

Essay Topic 2

The chapter titled "The Movie" is very significant in understanding how the German people came to be active Jew persecutors or at the very least placidly compliant in the slaughter and persecution of Jews. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Research the movie Sweet Jew and do a critical analysis of the content.

2. Research the history of the German film industry from its internationally acclaimed status in the early part of the 20th century to its decline in quality when it began being used by the Nazi party for the dissemination of propaganda. Write an essay chronicling the changes.

3. How are movies still used to support and promote certain political or social agendas? Write an essay discussing this topic.

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter titled "The Swimming Pool," Friedrich returns to the pool, offering to tell the police about the thief, but is rebuffed. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. What happens to Friedrich while he is checking out from a day at the pool? What do you think is the reason for the attendant's vitriolic response to learning Friedrich is a Jew?

2. Why do you think Friedrich would be so careless about his claim check given the things that are going on around him and the fact that his id clearly shows he is Jewish?

3. Why do you think Friedrich returns to try to help the boy whose bike is stolen?

4. Would you have returned to try to help the police and boy recover the bike? If it were your bike, would you want useful information even if it were from someone you disliked?

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