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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 is the dessert Asher wants the housekeeper to make?

2. The next time Asher visits that museum, he makes sketches of the paintings that portray which person?

3. Asher sees strong similarities between the face of the mashpia and the face of which other character?

4. While Asher is waiting to see the Rebbe, the other man in the waiting room is doing what?

5. In Chapter 2, Aryeh is greatly disturbed at the brutal deaths of which group of people?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Several times in Chapter 4, Aryeh explains his reasons for wanting to go to Europe to work for the Rebbe. Explain some of those reasons.

4. Where does the Lev family spend their summers? What do they do there?

5. How does Aryeh react to the Rebbe's decision to allow Asher to study under Jacob Kahn?

6. Why doesn't Asher want to go to Vienna?

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

8. The scene when Asher meets Yudel Krinsky for the first time becomes a very important subject for Asher's art. What is Yudel Krinsky doing at the moment of meeting Asher? How does he act?

9. What does the mashpia do at Asher's school?

10. Yudel Krinsky mentions several differences between Russia and the United States. What is one difference?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Rebbe's relationship with his people. How would you react if you had to ask a leader for permission to make important decisions? How do the Levs react to the Rebbe's wishes?

Essay Topic 3

Asher's changed eyes cause him to experience the world in a unique way. Describe this way of seeing. How does this way of seeing affect his choices for subjects to draw and paint? How does it shape his perspectives on controversial subjects? Use concrete examples, such as the difference between the way he views a nude and the way Aryeh views a nude.

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