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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 14 when Asher cannot find his parents, where are they?
2. In the Brooklyn Crucifixions, what structure forms the crucifix?
3. In Chapter 13, what does Asher mention having for lunch regularly?
4. In Chapter 9 when Aryeh comes home for a visit, how does he look?
5. Aryeh notes that someone in Florence thought he belonged to which religious group?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Jacob Kahn say that Asher is becoming a whore?
2. How does Jacob Kahn talk to God?
3. How does Asher describe the difference between a naked woman and a nude?
4. In Chapter 13, Asher's understanding of his mythic ancestor changes. What does Asher realize about him?
5. What does Asher draw for his enemy classmate? Describe the picture.
6. What is the illness that forces Jacob Kahn into bed for a few days?
7. What does Asher do for the summer while Jacob Kahn campaigns for Kennedy?
8. What objects does Asher notice in his parents' bedroom?
9. How does Jacob Kahn respond when Asher asks him if the artist he had just visited was happy?
10. Describe the Brooklyn Crucifixions.
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'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.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel, the question arises whether Asher's art is from the Ribbono shel olom, which is a name for God, or from the sitra achra, which is a name for the forces of evil. Asher himself wonders at various times what the source of his art is. Provide some reasons why Asher's art may possibly come from each source, and then explain whether you think Asher's art sides with good or with evil. If you think his art is completely neutral, explain why. Use specific examples from the novel.
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