Fugitive Pieces Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Jakob approach listening to composers?

2. How do Jakob and Athos improve Jakob's English?

3. What is Jakob to do when Alex leaves him?

4. What do Athos' stories evoke in Jakob?

5. What is Alex's father's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kostas describe the various occupations?

2. What is Toronto like and where do Athos and Jakob go to live?

3. Describe the day-to-day life of Jakob and Athos.

4. How does Athos cause Jakob to understand the power of poetry?

5. What does Kostas say about Palamas and Sikelianos?

6. What does Jakob think concerning the dead?

7. What does Athos do and say before he and Jakob leave for Canada?

8. Why does Athos choose Toronto as the place to relocate?

9. How does the relationship between Alex and Jakob evolve?

10. How does Jakob learn English, and of what is he proud as he is mastering the language?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sometimes a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Fugitive Pieces" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Jakob emphasizes that he does not see the horrors that visit European Jewry during World War II while he is living in Greece. He endures hardships on Zakynthos and lives in constant fear of the door being bashed in, as had happened in his home in Poland. All of Zakynthos's Jews are saved from the Nazis through the courage of the Christian mayor and archbishop. By comparison, most of the Jews on nearby Corfu perish by drowning or in concentration camps.

1. Discuss what affect the constant fear with which Jakob lives would have on a young boy. Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.

2. Discuss reasons you think some people like the mayor and Bishop tried to help the Jewish people and others did not. Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.

3. Discuss, in depth, the concept of courage as it relates to the mayor and the archbishop. Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes "Fugitive Pieces" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Jakob. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Athos. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Ben. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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