Fugitive Pieces Test | Final 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. When does Ben first meet Jakob and Michaela?

2. Who are Yoshi and Tomas?

3. Who is too weak to come to Idhra?

4. What does Ben's father do for a living?

5. How does Jakob's home influence Jakob?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ben recall about his father and mother when Ben is growing up?

2. Describe Jakob's first meeting with Michaela.

3. What is the parable of the rabbi traveling incognito and what is the moral of the parable?

4. What is Jakob's work in Greece?

5. How does Ben's father escape a Nazi camp?

6. What does Michaela say about her parents and the pioneer museum?

7. How does Ben compare Petra's skin and lightning imprints?

8. How does Jakob relate a theory by Einstein to the Holocaust?

9. Who visits Ben before he is five and what is the result?

10. What does Ben find in Jakob's study?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Anne Michaels.

2. What in Michaels' background may have helped her in writing "Fugitive Pieces"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Athos and Jakob. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ben and Jakob. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Compare/contrast the characters of Michaela and Naomi. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

4. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Fugitive Pieces help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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