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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 refers to the appearance of the face?

2. What month is it that the traveler arrives in Poland in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1?

3. Who harasses the Catholic novices when they light a candle in the Hunger Cell in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

4. What is Dr. Stern’s specialization, according to the narrator in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 3?

5. What word is used to describe the ram’s horn blown as a wind instrument in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the locals that the traveler meets at the café in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1? Where do they take him?

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

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

4. How was the birth of Clements Olinski discovered by the Olinskis, according to the narrator in Part II: “In the Ogre’s Cave,” Chapter 5?

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

6. How would you describe the narrative style established in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 1?

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

8. Who greets Olin once he arrives at his destination in Part I: “A Guest of Poland,” Chapter 2?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the attraction and tension between Olin and Sister Catherine in In Paradise. Are there indications in the text that Sister Catherine shares an attraction to Dr. Olin? How does Olin perceive his own feelings for Sister Catherine?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the city of Oswiecim and discuss its significance to Clements Olin in the narrative. What does Clements point out of the setting when it is encountered? What relationship to Mirek and Wanda have to this city?

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