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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 long is it before the attraction between Jakob and Alex ends?

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

3. What often makes Athos feel depressed?

4. What does Athos do at the first sign of danger?

5. What does Jakob witness as he is hiding?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Athos teach Jakob to cook, and why does Jakob stop going to the grocery store?

3. What incident does Ioannis relate, and of what does it remind Jakob?

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

5. What does Jakob sense from his hiding place as his family is killed?

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

7. Who is Athos and what does he pass on to Jakob?

8. What does Kostas say about Palamas and Sikelianos?

9. What is Jakob's reaction to reading Athos' letters?

10. What is the Beskupin site?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Fugitive Pieces".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of the book. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Fugitive Pieces". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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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