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

2. In the first paragraph of Chapter 3, Aryeh announces the death of which world leader?

3. Yudel Krinsky describes Siberia as the home of which being?

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

5. In Chapter 2, Aryeh becomes ill with what disease?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the strangers at the art show react to the Brooklyn Crucifixions?

3. 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?

4. What is Asher's strongest memory of his first art show?

5. When talking with Asher about Vienna, what does Yudel Krinsky imply when he quotes, "honor your father and mother"?

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

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

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

9. What does Rivkeh learn from a professor at her university about Jacob Kahn?

10. Describe how Anna Schaeffer looks.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Anna Schaeffer's role in Asher's life. How do you feel about the way her employees arrive at Asher's apartment, carry away his paintings, and don't let him see them again until the show?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Asher have to move to Paris after his community sees the Brooklyn Crucifixions? Do you think Asher was right to leave Brooklyn, or do you think he should have publicly defended his work? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think that Asher's decision to become an artist is something he could have escaped, if he had wished? Do you think that his decision causes him to lead a more fulfilled or a less fulfilled life?

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