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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 11, Asher mentions that which character has passed away?
2. Where does Asher have his first experience of painting a nude?
3. At Jacob Kahn's vacation home, in which part of the house does Asher live?
4. What day is it when Asher and Aryeh have the discussion about blindness and about the technical language of the critics?
5. What type of refreshments do they have at Asher's last show?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe how Jacob Kahn looks in Chapter 14.
2. What does Rivkeh learn from a professor at her university about Jacob Kahn?
3. What is the illness that forces Jacob Kahn into bed for a few days?
4. Describe how Anna Schaeffer looks.
5. Describe the person with whom Asher stays in Florence.
6. Describe the reactions of Aryeh and Rivkeh when Asher announces that he plans to spend the summer in Europe.
7. What does Asher do for the summer while Jacob Kahn campaigns for Kennedy?
8. Describe Asher's surroundings while he lives with Jacob Kahn in Provincetown.
9. At the end of Chapter 8, where is Aryeh?
10. What is Asher's strongest memory of his first art show?
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
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.
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