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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 an usherette say to him as he is escorted out?
2. Who helps the rabbi thread a needle?
3. What does the narrator's father advise Friedrich to do?
4. Who is Helga?
5. Where does the narrator find Frau Schneider?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when a Storm Trooper takes over the physical education of the German school boys during his spare time?
2. What happens when the narrator returns home and how does his response present a different side of the narrator?
3. What happens when Friedrich tries to get into the shelter?
4. What happens and what is the significance of it when Friedrich and the narrator are leaving the pool?
5. How does Friedrich's family celebrate his Bar Mitzvah?
6. Tell the story of Solomon.
7. How is the name "Vulture" an apt one for Resch?
8. What is ironic about the way Resch treats his garden polycarp in contrast to how he treats Friedrich?
9. 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?
10. Do you think Resch is more motivated by patriotism or greed when he turns in the Schneiders?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the chapter titled "Benches," Friedrich falls in love with a kindergarten teacher named Helga. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Briefly describe how Friedrich and Helga's meeting and relationship develop. Do you think Helga is aware of Friedrich being Jewish at their first meeting? If she is, why do you think she is friendly to him? If not, do you think she would have turned away from him immediately if she knew?
2. What do you think Helga is like if she is willing to be friends with Friedrich knowing he is Jewish and knowing what is going on in the country concerning Jewish people? Describe her as if you are her best friend and trying to tell someone else about who she is.
3. Do you think Friedrich was right in not going back to meet up with Helga? What does this say about his character? Would you have made the same choice?
Essay Topic 2
In the chapter titled "The Cleaning Lady," Frau Penk apologetically responds that she had planned on coming to tell Frau Schneider that she can no longer work for her. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Why can Frau Penk no longer work for the Schneiders? Is this fair?
2. Do you think Frau Penk should ignore the law and do what she thinks is right? Why or why not?
3. Are there any alternatives to Frau Penk just quitting?
4. Frau Penk says her husband used to be a communist and therefore they have to be very careful. What do you think she means by this?
5. What would you do in Frau Penk's place?
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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