My Name Is Asher Lev Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. After completing her undergraduate degree, Rivkeh pursues a master's degree in which academic discipline?

2. Which character leads services at the synagogue?

3. Who is Simcha?

4. Which character's unexpected death causes Rivkeh to fall into a serious depression?

5. Which person's picture is on the wall in every classroom at Asher's school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Asher know about his paternal grandfather?

3. In Chapter 6, Rivkeh takes Asher to the Parkway Museum (also called the Brooklyn Museum). Describe their experience there.

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

5. What happens to the Russian writers? How do the Levs react?

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

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

10. What happened to Yudel Krinsky in Russia? Describe some of his life before coming to the United States.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

World view is an important topic in this novel. For example, Jacob Kahn views the world as an artist, while Aryeh views the world as an observant Jew who obeys his rabbi. Choose a character and explain how his or her world view drives his or her actions and thoughts.

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