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 happens when Mrs. Schneider goes to talk with the housekeeper?

2. With what does Friedrich win over the narrator?

3. What sign is one man carrying outside Mr. Rosenthal's shop?

4. What does Mrs. Schneider explain about the mezuzah?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does this situation with Frau Penk demonstrate?

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

3. Summarize what the teacher says about Jewish history.

4. How does Friedrich's relationship with his mother contrast to that of the narrator's relationship with his mother?

5. Why do you think Friedrich says "Heil, Hitler" outside the department store?

6. What is the first couple of indications in this book that this story will have something to do with the persecution of the Jewish people?

7. What may be foreshadowing a future of terror and death for Jews?

8. What is ominous about the image of Herr Schneider coming down the street and the news he brings?

9. What does this scene about the broken window portend?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The chapter titled "The Pogrom" is probably a very difficult one for many readers, not only because it is the first instance of physical harm done to a character but also because of the narrator's seeming betrayal of his Jewish friends. 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 and explain the topic of mob psychology and how this applies to the narrator's participation in the destruction.

2. What is a pogrom? Research the history of pogroms and cite some of the most well-known ones. Have they always been against Jews? Why do you think otherwise sane and good people participate in a pogrom?

3. Could you ever imagine yourself participating in the kind of activities that take place in this chapter? Not necessarily against the Jews, but against some group of people with whom you feel uncomfortable or threatened. Write an essay about this topic.

Essay Topic 2

In the chapter, "The Way to School," we see not the first evidence of the growing violence towards Jews, but the most overt one in the book so far. 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. Hitler calls for a one-day boycott of Jewish businesses on Saturday, April 1, 1933; this chapter is probably based upon that proclamation. Learn what you can about this boycott and write an essay telling about how widespread it was, the consequences of it, and if it was considered successful.

2. Friedrich and the narrator are only about eight years old and do not understand the hatred and fears of adults. They greet Mr. Rosenthal, a shop owner whose shop is being blocked by a man with a swastika armband. What can we learn from children about accepting differences? What if very young children of the Arab and Western and Israeli worlds got together (before they are too strongly influenced by adults)? What do you think would happen? Would they share their toys? Would they be hateful because someone is of a different race or religion, etc.? Write a speculative essay about what children can teach adults about accepting others.

3. How effective in general are boycotts? Research the history of boycotts and choose several to study and compare and contrast.

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter named "Grandfather," Grandfather inspects the hands before he will shake them and the bottoms of his shoes for proper polishing. He assumes the position at the head of the table and never fails to remind Father of his failure to take care of his family. Answer of the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. How does the Grandfather attempt to control his son and his son's family? Give specific examples.

2. What do you think is the main reason for this attempt at control?

3. How do you think the grandfather's personality might be a metaphor for the "personality" of the Nazi regime?

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