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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator describes Dr. Stern in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3 as “one of those perverse intellectuals who enjoy the role of” what?
(a) “The buffoon.”
(b) “The student.”
(c) “The professor.”
(d) “The priest.”

2. Why is the traveler advised against hiring a car to take him from the city to his destination in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1?
(a) There are no taxis.
(b) There is a fuel shortage.
(c) The cars are too slow.
(d) It is too expensive.

3. What is Dr. Stern’s specialization, according to the narrator in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?
(a) Evolutionary biology.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Epidemiology of Disease.
(d) Neurology.

4. Who does Dr. Stern describe as “Me-firsters even in grief, these people” in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?
(a) The Germans.
(b) The Jews.
(c) The French.
(d) The Polish.

5. When was Christian Europe saved “from the Mongol hordes,” according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?
(a) 1369.
(b) 1415.
(c) 1241.
(d) 1189.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word used in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2 refers to a two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object?

2. Inside the concentration camp, the narrator describes Block 10 as the location where “the assorted sadisms” of what were administered, in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

3. When was Tadeusz Borowski born?

4. What is the Brick Gothic church that was “destroyed in the thirteenth century by Asian Tatars” and rebuilt in the fourteenth century, according to the narrator in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1?

5. What object does Dr. Olin recall “collapsing upon itself in an October field in the New England dusk” “as the loneliest thing he’d ever seen,” according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What central tensions are established in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1? Why are these conflicts important?

2. Why does Olin set out alone for Birkenau after lunch in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

3. What favor does the young couple offer to the traveler in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1? Why?

4. Where does Dr. Stern say most of the retreat attendees have come from in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?

5. How would you describe the symbolic significance of the character of G. Earwig in the novel?

6. What about Commandant Rudolf Höss fascinates Olin, according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?

7. What symbolic items did Olin’s grandfather bring with him to the New World, according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5? Why?

8. What is taking place when Mr. Earwig initiates a conflict in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

9. What are Dr. Olin’s personal reasons for attending the retreat, according to the narrator in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?

10. How has the group dynamic evolved when the narrative returns to the present tense in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?

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