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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 Resch do when the narrator's family pounds on the locked shelter door?
2. What does Schuster do?
3. How does Friedrich meet Helga?
4. Who helps the rabbi thread a needle?
5. What does the sergeant say about the Allies?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why are Friedrich and his father having uncharacteristic arguments, and why is there tension in the apartment when the narrator goes up to take the Schneiders some potatoes?
2. What happens when Friedrich tries to get into the shelter?
3. What does this second eviction notice suggest?
4. What demonstrates the fact that the narrator's family has not completely turned its backs on the Schneiders as so many other non-Jewish Germans have?
5. What does Friedrich speak about and what does he ask of the narrator's family? What do you think is the reason for his request?
6. Why do you think Friedrich would want to go see a movie that espouses hatred toward Jews?
7. Tell the story of Solomon.
8. Despite all that Friedrich has been through, what demonstrates his goodness?
9. What is ironic about the way Resch treats his garden polycarp in contrast to how he treats Friedrich?
10. How is the name "Vulture" an apt one for Resch?
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
In the chapter titled "In the Department Store," after the boys have talked with Herr Schneider for a few minutes, and Schneider no longer smiles as he turns and waves. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. About what do the two boys and Herr Schneider?
2. What do you think is disturbing to Herr Schneider about the conversation?
3. What do you think motivates the narrator's father to join the Nazi party? Do you think he should join? Why or why not?
4. Do you think the narrator's father had any viable choice to do otherwise than join the party?
Essay Topic 3
When Friedrich and the narrator are bathed together, the narrator's mother jokes about Friedrich being Jewish. Choose one of the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. What does it mean to be Jewish? Is it a cultural, racial, or religious designation...or some combination of the three?
2. What contributions have the Jewish people made to humanity over the last 1000 years?
3. Compare and contrast the major beliefs of the Jewish faith with Christianity.
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