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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. At the very end of Chapter 13, to which city does Asher travel?
2. Where do Asher's parents eat after the show?
3. In Chapter 14, Asher visits which character who has been ill?
4. What type of artists did Jacob Kahn know in Paris?
5. Asher's first original creation in Jacob Kahn's studio is in what medium?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Asher begin carrying messages for the Rebbe?
2. Describe the sculpture that Jacob Kahn specifically keeps for himself in Chapter 11, purportedly at his wife's request.
3. How does Asher describe the difference between a naked woman and a nude?
4. What does Rivkeh learn from a professor at her university about Jacob Kahn?
5. Describe the Brooklyn Crucifixions.
6. What does Asher do for the summer while Jacob Kahn campaigns for Kennedy?
7. What is the illness that forces Jacob Kahn into bed for a few days?
8. What does Aryeh look like in Chapter 12, after Rivkeh has spent several years with him in Europe?
9. What does Jacob Kahn say about the first painting Asher creates of his enemy classmate?
10. How does the Rav Dorochoff react to Asher's calling him in the middle of the night?
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
"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.
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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