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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 does Asher's father make every morning for breakfast?

2. Who does not come to the Lev home on Sundays, leaving Rivkeh and Asher to fix lunch for themselves?

3. In Chapter 3, Aryeh and Rivkeh begin to make plans to move to which European city?

4. In Chapter 6, Asher begins to want to use which artistic medium and discovers that he cannot afford it?

5. The Rebbe gives Asher permission to follow which vocation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whenever Aryeh leaves for a trip, Rivkeh says, "Have a safe journey, Aryeh." In Chapter 5, Asher begins to develop a sensitivity to Rivkeh's underlying emotions. Describe what Rivkeh is feeling when she says goodbye to Aryeh.

2. Compare Aryeh's reaction to Stalin's death with Yudel Krinsky's reaction.

3. During Asher's struggles against going to Vienna, he asks why no one is listening to him. Rivkeh replies, "Everyone is listening. [...] There would be no problem if no one were listening to you, Asher." Explain what Rivkeh means by this statement.

4. In Chapter 6 as Rivkeh and Asher adjust to life on their own, Rivkeh begins to talk about her grief over Yaakov's death. Which people in her life died prematurely, and how did she feel when that happened?

5. Out of a deep longing to learn to use oil paints, Asher steals several tubes of oil paint and several brushes from Yudel Krinsky's store. What does he do with them? Why do you think he does this?

6. At the beginning of Chapter 4, Asher draws Stalin many times. How do Aryeh and Rivkeh react to Asher's renewed interest in drawing?

7. Why does Asher miss his father so much on the first Shabbos without him?

8. How does Rivkeh react to the drawings Asher creates as a toddler?

9. Why does Asher ask Yudel Krinsky questions about Russia?

10. When Aryeh returns to Brooklyn for the Pesach, how does he treat Asher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the question arises whether Asher's art is from the Ribbono shel olom, which is a name for God, or from the sitra achra, which is a name for the forces of evil. Asher himself wonders at various times what the source of his art is. Provide some reasons why Asher's art may possibly come from each source, and then explain whether you think Asher's art sides with good or with evil. If you think his art is completely neutral, explain why. Use specific examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Asher's street becomes a major subject for his art and a major symbol of security for him. If Asher had been forced to move to Europe with his parents, how do you think that move would have affected his art?

Essay Topic 3

When Asher hears about the conditions in which Russian Jews are living, he feels the need to ask Yudel Krinsky many questions about Siberia. The answers to these questions contribute to Asher's growing fear of leaving his Brooklyn street. Write an essay that describes what is happening in Russia and Siberia during the time of this novel, including as many of the novel's details as you can remember, and compare and contrast the characters' reaction to those evens. For example, how does Aryeh's reaction differ from Asher's? With whose opinion do you most sympathize?

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