History 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. Who was not one of the world leaders that met after World War II to define the peace and new boundaries?

2. Why doesn't Davide drink the wine Useppe brings to him?

3. Where does Ida spend the last nine years of her life?

4. Ida gets a job, in 1944, teaching Italian to soldiers from what country?

5. What name does Useppe utter, when he has a strange flash of memory?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Nino's situation, in 1944?

2. What happens to Ida after Useppe's death?

3. What were the Nuremberg trials?

4. How does Useppe die?

5. How is Nino killed?

6. How do Useppe's feelings about newspapers change in 1945?

7. What is the situation of the few Jews who return to the Ghetto in 1945?

8. What is revealed, during Davide's speech, about his feelings for the bourgeoisie and anarchy?

9. How does Ida feel about Useppe's frequent outings alone?

10. How does Ida feel about doctors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All of the historical information presented in the novel is accurate, but it is presented in a way that allows the author to back up her own points. Does the author's presentation of the historical facts change the way the reader interprets those facts? Is the author's use of historical facts to flesh out the story effective? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Ida often leaves Useppe home alone, either because she has to go to work, or because she is too ashamed to be seen with him. What effect do the long solitary hours have on Useppe? Does he seem bothered by the solitude? Why or why not? How might a child of a different disposition react to his situation? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

The atrocities committed by the Nazis are hard to comprehend, particularly because they occurred on such a massive scale. How does this novel help to humanize the victims, and enable readers to understand what they went through? Does this novel change readers' perceptions of the Holocaust and World War II? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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