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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. At the beginning of Chapter 7, the mashpia informs Asher that which person wants to meet with him?

2. In which academic discipline does Aryeh have a master's degree?

3. Which of the following publications does Aryeh NOT read?

4. In Chapter 6 during class, Asher draws a picture in which book?

5. In her long weeks of studying and of waiting for Aryeh to return, Rivkeh picks up the habit of gnawing on what object?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, Asher sometimes goes with Aryeh to the office. What does Aryeh do there, according to Asher?

2. Why does Rivkeh want to enter the university?

3. Describe Rivkeh's reaction to her loved one's death.

4. 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.

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

6. 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?

7. At the end of Chapter 3, Asher draws a picture of Stalin in his notebook without realizing it. What do you think is happening in Asher's mind when he draws things without being aware of it?

8. 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?

9. What does Asher know about his paternal grandfather?

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

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

Asher eventually comes to realize that his mythic ancestor betrayed the Jewish community just as he also is betraying the community. Explain this relationship. How does this affect the way Asher feels about his mythic ancestor and about his heritage? Does it make Asher less fearful of his mythic ancestor, or does the mythic ancestor always have a grip of terror on Asher's dream life? Explain.

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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