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. What is significant of Salonika?

2. What reminds Ben of his parents' shoes and mended clothing?

3. How does Jakob feel in Greece?

4. Who is too weak to come to Idhra?

5. Into what is despair transformed in the gas chambers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ben's relationship with Petra evolve?

2. How does Jakob "win" Naomi's heart?

3. What impact does being in Idhra have on Jakob?

4. What does Ben say about lightning?

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

6. What is Jakob's work in Greece?

7. What does Jakob think about as far as the Nazis' effort to dehumanize the Jews?

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

9. Describe Ben's futile search for Jakob's journals.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Fugitive Pieces". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Michaels chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Michaels chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Michaels's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Michaels use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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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