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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 condition to go on living does David believe he forgot when he met Maria?
2. Who does David credit for his escape?
3. How does David cross Germany?
4. What does David nearly fall over?
5. How does David plan to escape?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the newspaper letter David reads, and why it is important to him.
2. How does David cross into Denmark?
3. Explain what Sophie means by "someone has broken his spirit".
4. Why does Giovanni's wife want David to leave?
5. Explain David's experience within the church.
6. Explain why David is disheartened in this chapter.
7. Why does Giovanni respect David?
8. Describe how David comes to meet Sophie Hartmann, and describe Sophie.
9. What does David find out about a woman named Edith Fengel.
10. Why does David now believe the man kept him in the concentration camp, only to take care of him and eventually let him go?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Several times in the novel, David uses water to cleanse himself of various negative events. Choose one of the following examples, and discuss, in depth, how the cleansing David performs symbolizes the cleansing of his spirit and his inner self.
• David's scrubbing after escaping the camp
• David's washing following his beating by Carlo
• David's daily washing in the house of Giovanni
Essay Topic 2
There are many references in the novel to the power of "them", without actual description of who "they" really are. Choose three instances where the author gives information about "them", and explain the reference in detail. What is said about "them"? What does the reference indicate about who "they" might be? How does the author use these vague descriptions to impose a feeling of unfocused dread?
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel, David makes the attempt to "win" over those around him, including the guards, and those who are cruel to him. Locate at least two of these circumstances. What is the situation? Why does David feel the need to "win" against these individuals? What does this say about David, as a person? Do you think David's actions make him petty, or righteous? Why?
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