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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. Where does Jacob Kahn live?
2. Where does Asher have his first experience of painting a nude?
3. While at Jacob Kahn's vacation home, what type of bird does Asher watch and paint frequently?
4. At Jacob Kahn's vacation home, in which part of the house does Asher live?
5. Where does Asher fly with Jacob Kahn to see a Matisse exhibition?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jacob Kahn say about the first painting Asher creates of his enemy classmate?
2. What does Asher do for the summer while Jacob Kahn campaigns for Kennedy?
3. 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?
4. Describe the reactions of Aryeh and Rivkeh when Asher announces that he plans to spend the summer in Europe.
5. How does Asher describe the difference between a naked woman and a nude?
6. Why does the Rebbe want Asher to study Russian?
7. Describe the Brooklyn Crucifixions.
8. How does Jacob Kahn respond when Asher asks him if the artist he had just visited was happy?
9. At the end of Chapter 8, where is Aryeh?
10. What is the illness that forces Jacob Kahn into bed for a few days?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Jacob Kahn feels that it is necessary for Asher to learn to paint nudes. What do you think Asher's artistic education would have lost without learning to paint nudes? What value is there in that activity? Explain.
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
"Vocation" is a word that describes one's choice of career as a way to fulfill one's personhood. This novel heavily emphasizes vocation as a way to follow God. Compare and contrast Aryeh's choice to travel for the Rebbe with Asher's choice to become an artist. Do you think they choose appropriate vocations to express who they are on the inside? Explain.
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