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. Where does Jakob look through Athos' library?

2. What is the name of Jakob's work that shows Athos' influence?

3. Why does Jakob say Germans tried to dehumanize Jews?

4. What volume does Jakob select to read himself to sleep?

5. What does Jakob experience when he first wakes in Michaela's bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jakob think about concerning a child?

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

3. Describe Jakob's first meeting with Michaela.

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

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

6. What is Salonika and how is it related to Jakob and Michaela?

7. What theme does Ben incorporate into his thesis?

8. How does being in Jakob's house affect Ben?

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

10. How are Jakob's initial days in Greece?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Jakob offers the parable of a famed rabbi who travels incognito in shabby clothing and is ridiculed by passengers. When they find out who he is, they beg forgiveness, but he refuses, even on the Day of Awe, because they have wronged the man on the train, not himself. The moral: nothing erases an immoral act. When the victim is dead, only silence remains. Recorded history can be resurrected. Destruction turns presence into absence.

1. With research, explain what a parable is and why they might be used. Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.

2. Do you think it is true that nothing erases an immoral act? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Discuss, in depth, what you think the following means: When the victim is dead, only silence remains. Recorded history can be resurrected. Destruction turns presence into absence. Use examples from your own life and "Fugitive Pieces" to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Fugitive Pieces" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Fugitive Pieces"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Fugitive Pieces" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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