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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 9, Jacob Kahn travels to see an art show in which city?
2. What is Jacob Kahn's wife's name?
3. Where does Asher fly with Jacob Kahn to see a Matisse exhibition?
4. In Chapter 14, which character does Asher call to ask about his parents?
5. In which European city does Asher decide to stay for a year or two?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Jacob Kahn say that Asher is becoming a whore?
2. What is the illness that forces Jacob Kahn into bed for a few days?
3. What types of paintings does Jacob Kahn emphasize in his trips with Asher to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Why?
4. Before meeting with Jacob Kahn for the first time, Asher receives an assignment from him to read a story from the New Testament. What is the story? How does Asher feel about reading it?
5. Which four people from the Bible does the Pieta portray?
6. What does Aryeh look like in Chapter 12, after Rivkeh has spent several years with him in Europe?
7. What does Rivkeh learn from a professor at her university about Jacob Kahn?
8. Describe the sculpture that Jacob Kahn specifically keeps for himself in Chapter 11, purportedly at his wife's request.
9. What objects does Asher notice in his parents' bedroom?
10. Describe Asher's surroundings while he lives with Jacob Kahn in Provincetown.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Asher eventually comes to realize that his mythic ancestor betrayed the Jewish community just as he also is betraying the community. Explain this relationship. How does this affect the way Asher feels about his mythic ancestor and about his heritage? Does it make Asher less fearful of his mythic ancestor, or does the mythic ancestor always have a grip of terror on Asher's dream life? Explain.
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