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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. What method of creating art does Asher learn in Chapter 11?
2. At the very end of Chapter 13, to which city does Asher travel?
3. What biblical book does Asher read on the holiday of Tisha b'Av?
4. In Chapter 13, what does Asher mention having for lunch regularly?
5. On what day of the week does Asher visit Jacob Kahn?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Aryeh look like in Chapter 12, after Rivkeh has spent several years with him in Europe?
2. Describe the reactions of Aryeh and Rivkeh when Asher announces that he plans to spend the summer in Europe.
3. In Chapter 13, Asher's understanding of his mythic ancestor changes. What does Asher realize about him?
4. Describe how Jacob Kahn looks in Chapter 14.
5. Why does Asher begin carrying messages for the Rebbe?
6. Describe how Anna Schaeffer looks.
7. Why does the Rebbe want Asher to study Russian?
8. What is Asher's strongest memory of his first art show?
9. Describe Asher's surroundings while he lives with Jacob Kahn in Provincetown.
10. Describe the Brooklyn Crucifixions.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Aryeh Lev risks his health and at times his life to help bring Russian Jews to safety, even though Rivkeh and Asher worry about him intensely. Do you think Aryeh makes a wise decision to travel abroad for the Rebbe, or do you think he would have been wiser to stay in Brooklyn? Write your idea of what might have happened if Aryeh had stayed in Brooklyn during Asher's artistically formative years.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Asher's changed eyes cause him to experience the world in a unique way. Describe this way of seeing. How does this way of seeing affect his choices for subjects to draw and paint? How does it shape his perspectives on controversial subjects? Use concrete examples, such as the difference between the way he views a nude and the way Aryeh views a nude.
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