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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 Athos take Jakob to Athens?
2. Why does Jakob not return to a grocery he shops at?
3. What is Jakob to do when Alex leaves him?
4. How do Jakob and Athos improve Jakob's English?
5. How many villages are decimated as the Nazis leave?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do Athos and Jakob identify with explorers of Antarctica?
2. What does Jakob do after he witnesses the invasion of his home?
3. What does Athos do and say before he and Jakob leave for Canada?
4. Why do Athos and Jakob go to Athens and in what condition is Greece?
5. What does Athos teach Jakob to cook, and why does Jakob stop going to the grocery store?
6. How does Bella continue to impact Jakob's life?
7. How does Jakob contrast history and memory?
8. Who is Athos and what does he pass on to Jakob?
9. How does Jakob end up in Greece?
10. What does Jakob think concerning the dead?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Athos tells about ancient Biskupin culture and his work to preserve the ruins. After the war, he learns that the Nazis had destroyed the excavations and killed Athos's colleagues shortly after he spirited Jakob to safety. It is the basis for Athos's belief that Jakob is responsible for saving him, more so than vice versa. Jakob meditates on how prisoners are forced to dig up the mass graves of early victims of Nazism as the perpetrators seek to cover up evidence. He pictures workers forced, like the stone carriers of Golleschau, to do the unthinkable: handle the gory remains of the dead.
1. Why do you think it is significant that the Nazis destroyed archeological ruins or historical sites? Discuss in depth the implications and what you believe may or may not have been lost in such destruction. Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.
2. Discuss what you think might be the reasons Athos believes Jakob saved his life. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.
3. Discuss the mental and emotional tolls that must have been taken on the workers forced to do the handling of so many murdered Jews. Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss "Fugitive Pieces" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel.
3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Fugitive Pieces" a successful novel? What about young teens?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Fugitive Pieces". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in this book. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters are affected by the death of friends and family? How?
4. Trace and analyze the theme of not forgetting the past in "Fugitive Pieces". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters are affected by the the past the most? How? Why?
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