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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. Which biblical book does the matron of the hotel read continually?
2. While wandering alone through Manhattan, Asher visits whose art gallery?
3. According to Asher while he is talking with Aryeh in Chapter 14, who buys his paintings?
4. In Chapter 11, Asher describes Jacob Kahn's show as which type of "affair"?
5. According to Asher, which group of people first painted nudes?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 13, Asher's understanding of his mythic ancestor changes. What does Asher realize about him?
2. At the end of Chapter 8, where is Aryeh?
3. Describe Asher's surroundings while he lives with Jacob Kahn in Provincetown.
4. Which four people from the Bible does the Pieta portray?
5. How does Jacob Kahn talk to God?
6. What types of paintings does Jacob Kahn emphasize in his trips with Asher to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Why?
7. What does Rivkeh learn from a professor at her university about Jacob Kahn?
8. What does Aryeh look like in Chapter 12, after Rivkeh has spent several years with him in Europe?
9. What objects does Asher notice in his parents' bedroom?
10. What does Asher do for the summer while Jacob Kahn campaigns for Kennedy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Aryeh Lev risks his health and at times his life to help bring Russian Jews to safety, even though Rivkeh and Asher worry about him intensely. Do you think Aryeh makes a wise decision to travel abroad for the Rebbe, or do you think he would have been wiser to stay in Brooklyn? Write your idea of what might have happened if Aryeh had stayed in Brooklyn during Asher's artistically formative years.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the Rebbe's relationship with his people. How would you react if you had to ask a leader for permission to make important decisions? How do the Levs react to the Rebbe's wishes?
Essay Topic 3
The book does not directly address Asher's love life, but it does offer hints, such as Asher's mention of "greetings" with a girl in Paris. In the Ladover community, marriages are arranged through families, although the bride and groom may also offer their consent. Describe Rivkeh's talking to Asher about the possibility of finding a wife. How does Asher handle this discussion? How do you think Asher would unite his duties to art with his duties to a potential wife and children? Explain.
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