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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. Of what did the narrator have twenty-six copies?

2. After the war, how many years did the narrator live in New York?

3. Which characteristic does NOT describe Howard W. Campbell, Jr.'s father?

4. The narrator tells Epstein's mother that "auf wiedersehen" means "goodbye" in German, but she corrects him by telling him it more precisely means:

5. What prized possession does Werner Noth fear a slave woman will destroy due to carelessness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Robert Wilson, the Black Fuehrer of Harlem, mean when he says that he and the narrator were on "opposite" sides? Provide some explanation as to why Wilson chose the side he did.

2. What is the gist of Bernard O'Hare's letter to the narrator?

3. How does information regarding the narrator's whereabouts end up in The White Christian Minuteman?

4. Where and in what kind of place does the narrator live while he is in hiding?

5. Describe Resi's reaction to the news that her dog must be killed.

6. Why had Father Keeley been "unfrocked"?

7. Describe the Western Hemisphere University of the Bible. What kind of courses were taught and how could one earn a degree there?

8. Describe the narrator's mother and what is the "queer demonstration" she gives?

9. What is Arpad Kovacs response when he reads the contents of one of Campbell's radio broadcasts?

10. What reason does Andor Gutman give for thinking that the position of "corpse-carrier" would be a good job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the role ethics plays in the lives of the characters during and after the war. Do many of the characters behave ethically? Be sure to cite examples of situations where a character's behavior may have been different if he or she had been in a different situation.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss nationalism and patriotism as it relates to the novel. Does the novel handle these ideas as generally good, bad, or neutral? How does the narrator feel about these issues? Be sure to use examples to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Some of the younger characters in the novel, such as Dr. Epstein and the narrator's Israeli-born guard, think discussing what happened in the death camps pointless or irrelevant. Discuss whether these attitudes are healthy examples of people trying to get on with their lives and not be burdened by the past or a troubling example of living in denial.

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