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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How old is Aryeh at the beginning of Chapter 12?
2. Which biblical book does the matron of the hotel read continually?
3. Where does Asher want to go after graduating?
4. Where did Jacob Kahn first meet Anna Schaeffer?
5. In the evenings during the summer, which street do Asher and Jacob Kahn often walk on?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel, Asher describes moments of intimacy and estrangement between his parents, such as the intimacy that his parents gain through working in Europe alone together and the estrangement Rivkeh experiences from Aryeh due to Asher's art. Explain some of these moments. Do you think this makes a statement about what a normal marriage is like, or do you think Aryeh and Rivkeh should have treated each other differently? How do you think this affects Asher's development as a person? How does it affect his art?
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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