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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. Why does Herr Schneider bring Dr. Levy to the narrator's apartment?
2. Of what does Resch boast?
3. What does Herr Schneider pay to have done?
4. Who are Schloime and Gitte?
5. What does Solomon do?
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 does this second eviction notice suggest?
3. What is rather ironic in this chapter and why?
4. What does the narrator do with the mob and why do you think he is capable of those acts when his best friend is Jewish?
5. What is ironic about the way Resch treats his garden polycarp in contrast to how he treats Friedrich?
6. What does Friedrich's appearance suggest?
7. 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?
8. Do you think Resch is more motivated by patriotism or greed when he turns in the Schneiders?
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. What happens in the last paragraphs of this chapter that suggests that the average non-Jewish German does know about the concentration camps and what is significant about the author including this idea?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the chapter titled "The Festival," the rabbi reminds Friedrich, who is 13, that he alone is now responsible before God for his actions. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. What is a Bar Mitzvah?
2. Why do you think the Jews celebrate this ceremony? Is it still celebrated today?
3. Do you think a boy of 13 is ready to be solely responsible for his own actions and decisions? Why or why not?
4. The narrator is astonished by Friedrich's wisdom. Do you think this wisdom is gained partially through the fire of persecution?
Essay Topic 2
In the chapter "Friday Evening," the narrator shares the Sabbath dinner with Friedrich's family. Choose one of the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. The Friday evening Sabbath service is a rite or ceremony within the Jewish faith. Many other religions have rites and ceremonies also. Identify several rites/ceremonies either religious or secular and explain the reason for each.
2. What is the purpose of rites or ceremonies? Are they necessary for human culture? For individuals?
3. Some say that part of the reason the modern culture is declining is a lack of tradition, which would include rites and ceremonies. Take a stand either to affirm or refute this idea using specific examples.
Essay Topic 3
In the chapter titled, "The Teacher," Teacher Neudorf gives the students a brief account of the persecution of the Jews over the centuries. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Why do you think Teacher Neudort knows so much about the history of the Jews? Do you think he studied Jewish history in order to cull through the lies and propaganda of the Nazi party?
2. After reading the brief history of the Jewish people in this chapter, did it change your perception of the Jewish people? If you are Jewish, how accurate does this history seem to you and how do you feel about what Teacher Neudort says?
3. After the brief enumeration of Jewish history, Neudort asks the students how Jews could be anything but crafty and sly, when everyone wants to torment them. How can they not be avaricious and deceitful when they never know when they will be robbed and dispossessed again? Does this seem to be suggesting that Neudort believes the stereotypes about the Jewish people but seems to think the Jews are justified in their shortcomings? Can an entire group of people all be crafy, sly, avaricious and deceitful? Does Neudort in a way just add to the students' prejudice of Jews?
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