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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. Which biblical book does the matron of the hotel read continually?
2. In Chapter 11, where does Asher spend the month of July?
3. In the evenings during the summer, which street do Asher and Jacob Kahn often walk on?
4. In Chapter 11, Asher describes Jacob Kahn's show as which type of "affair"?
5. Asher accuses Aryeh of being blind in which way?
Short Essay Questions
1. What types of paintings does Jacob Kahn emphasize in his trips with Asher to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Why?
2. Describe the Brooklyn Crucifixions.
3. What objects does Asher notice in his parents' bedroom?
4. What does Jacob Kahn say about the first painting Asher creates of his enemy classmate?
5. How do the strangers at the art show react to the Brooklyn Crucifixions?
6. Describe the reactions of Aryeh and Rivkeh when Asher announces that he plans to spend the summer in Europe.
7. How does Jacob Kahn respond when Asher asks him if the artist he had just visited was happy?
8. What is Asher's strongest memory of his first art show?
9. How does Jacob Kahn talk to God?
10. Why does Jacob Kahn say that Asher is becoming a whore?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
World view is an important topic in this novel. For example, Jacob Kahn views the world as an artist, while Aryeh views the world as an observant Jew who obeys his rabbi. Choose a character and explain how his or her world view drives his or her actions and thoughts.
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