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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. According to Asher, which group of people first painted nudes?
2. In Chapter 11, Asher describes Jacob Kahn's show as which type of "affair"?
3. When Jacob Kahn is demanding that Asher consider a different vocation, he describes art as what?
4. In the beginning of Chapter 12, Aryeh and Rivkeh share a private joke over which of Rivkeh's habits?
5. According to Asher while he is talking with Aryeh in Chapter 14, who buys his paintings?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Asher draw for his enemy classmate? Describe the picture.
2. What does Jacob Kahn say about the first painting Asher creates of his enemy classmate?
3. Describe the sculpture that Jacob Kahn specifically keeps for himself in Chapter 11, purportedly at his wife's request.
4. What does Rivkeh learn from a professor at her university about Jacob Kahn?
5. Describe the reactions of Aryeh and Rivkeh when Asher announces that he plans to spend the summer in Europe.
6. How does Jacob Kahn talk to God?
7. How does Asher describe the difference between a naked woman and a nude?
8. What objects does Asher notice in his parents' bedroom?
9. In Chapter 13, Asher's understanding of his mythic ancestor changes. What does Asher realize about him?
10. Why does Asher begin carrying messages for the Rebbe?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why does Asher have to move to Paris after his community sees the Brooklyn Crucifixions? Do you think Asher was right to leave Brooklyn, or do you think he should have publicly defended his work? Why?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
When Asher hears about the conditions in which Russian Jews are living, he feels the need to ask Yudel Krinsky many questions about Siberia. The answers to these questions contribute to Asher's growing fear of leaving his Brooklyn street. Write an essay that describes what is happening in Russia and Siberia during the time of this novel, including as many of the novel's details as you can remember, and compare and contrast the characters' reaction to those evens. For example, how does Aryeh's reaction differ from Asher's? With whose opinion do you most sympathize?
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