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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 city does Jacob Kahn describe as a "gift"?
2. Where did Jacob Kahn first meet Anna Schaeffer?
3. In Chapter 11, where does Asher spend the month of July?
4. Asher copies which painting as a gift for the classmate who teases him?
5. At the very end of Chapter 13, to which city does Asher travel?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 13, Asher's understanding of his mythic ancestor changes. What does Asher realize about him?
2. Describe the person with whom Asher stays in Florence.
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. Describe the reactions of Aryeh and Rivkeh when Asher announces that he plans to spend the summer in Europe.
5. What types of paintings does Jacob Kahn emphasize in his trips with Asher to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Why?
6. Why does Asher begin carrying messages for the Rebbe?
7. What objects does Asher notice in his parents' bedroom?
8. Why does Jacob Kahn say that Asher is becoming a whore?
9. Why does the Rebbe want Asher to study Russian?
10. How do the strangers at the art show react to the Brooklyn Crucifixions?
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 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
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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