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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 Paris, Jacob Kahn worked with which famous artist?
2. Asher's first original creation in Jacob Kahn's studio is in what medium?
3. In Chapter 13, what does Asher mention having for lunch regularly?
4. What does Jacob Kahn call the man who talks to them about the art market in Tokyo?
5. In Chapter 14, Asher helps which person shovel snow?
Short Essay Questions
1. Which four people from the Bible does the Pieta portray?
2. What types of paintings does Jacob Kahn emphasize in his trips with Asher to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Why?
3. What does Rivkeh learn from a professor at her university about Jacob Kahn?
4. Why does the Rebbe want Asher to study Russian?
5. Describe the sculpture that Jacob Kahn specifically keeps for himself in Chapter 11, purportedly at his wife's request.
6. Describe Asher's surroundings while he lives with Jacob Kahn in Provincetown.
7. How does Jacob Kahn respond when Asher asks him if the artist he had just visited was happy?
8. In Chapter 13, Asher's understanding of his mythic ancestor changes. What does Asher realize about him?
9. Why does Asher begin carrying messages for the Rebbe?
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
Do you think that Asher's decision to become an artist is something he could have escaped, if he had wished? Do you think that his decision causes him to lead a more fulfilled or a less fulfilled life?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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