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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. When Asher finishes his visit with the Rebbe, what is lying on his chair in the waiting room?

2. In Chapter 6, Rivkeh brings Asher a significant gift of all the necessary items for which activity?

3. At the end of Chapter 3, Asher unwittingly draws a picture in his notebook of whom?

4. What instrument does the Rebbe use to make a loud noise on Rosh Hashonoh?

5. What does Asher's father make every morning for breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Jacob Kahn talk to God?

3. Explain the class's and the teacher's reactions to Asher's drawing in a Chumash. Why do you think they react in this way?

4. Before meeting with Jacob Kahn for the first time, Asher receives an assignment from him to read a story from the New Testament. What is the story? How does Asher feel about reading it?

5. How does Asher describe the difference between a naked woman and a nude?

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

7. How does Jacob Kahn respond when Asher asks him if the artist he had just visited was happy?

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

9. What does Asher draw for his enemy classmate? Describe the picture.

10. What does Aryeh look like in Chapter 12, after Rivkeh has spent several years with him in Europe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Aryeh's and Rivkeh's reactions to the Brooklyn Crucifixions. How are their reactions related to their feelings about the Jewish faith, Jewish history, and their community?

Essay Topic 2

By the end of the book, the Rebbe believes that Asher has gone too far in his artwork and is now hurting those who love him, although he claims to understand Asher's work. Do you think the Rebbe would have preferred Asher to stay within the acceptable limits of the Ladover Hasidic faith? What do you imagine a reasonable Ladover Hasidic artist would paint? Try to imagine and explain some symbols other than the crucifixion that Asher could have used to convey ultimate suffering, symbols that would have been better received by Asher's community.

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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