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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 word from Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2 means ostentatious in one’s learning, or overly concerned with minute formalisms?

2. How long is the retreat to last, according to Dr. Stern in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?

3. When were “those heathen Turks finally driven from Vienna,” according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?

4. Professor Adina Schreier is a teacher and historian from what country?

5. Where is Ben Lama’s retreat assistant from, according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Olin point out about the history of Oswiecim in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2?

2. 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?

3. What does Olin consider about the concept of “bearing witness” in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

4. What setting at the concentration camp is described in the opening of Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?

5. How does Dr. Stern describe the mission of the retreat in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3? Who has come to attend the retreat?

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

7. How do Mirek and Wanda respond when they arrive at Olin’s destination in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2?

8. How is the setting of Kasmierz described in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1?

9. What is on the agenda for the first morning of the retreat in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?

10. How do Mirek and Wanda respond when Olin points out the historical facts of the area in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the character of G. Earwig in the novel. How does Earwig’s behavior stand apart from the other retreat attendees? Where is Earwig from? What do you think his objectives are in attending the retreat?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Rainer in the novel. What is the significance of Rainer’s story about his uncle? How does Rainer perceive the history of the Germans? How does Rainer differ in his perceptions of history and culpability from the other characters at the retreat?

Essay Topic 3

Examine and discuss the theme of history in the novel. What is the role of history in the lives of the characters? How is history important in the story? How do Olin’s views of history differ from those of Mirek and Wanda?

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