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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the Prologue, how does Schindler kiss the prostitutes invited to dinner?
(a) On the wrist.
(b) On the hand.
(c) On the cheek.
(d) On the lips.

2. What was the name of Schindler's beautiful Polish secretary?
(a) Anika Biberstein.
(b) Victoria Klonowska.
(c) Lena Hirsch.
(d) Veronika Shastain.

3. During which war does the action in this novel take place?
(a) World War I.
(b) The Civil War.
(c) World War II.
(d) The Korean War.

4. How does the pharmacist Bachner say he survived the Prokocim camp?
(a) By hiding when everyone was herded off the rail cars.
(b) By jumping off the back of a moving rail car.
(c) By hiding in a latrine.
(d) By producing fake documents and being released.

5. Where did Danka Dresner attempt to hide?
(a) On a small shelf halfway down a neighbor's well.
(b) Beneath loose floorboards in her house.
(c) On a high branch in an evergreen tree.
(d) Inside a false wall in a neighbor's house.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Judenrat was what?

2. What happened to the Jews at prayer in the Stara Boznica synagogue when the Einsatzgruppe squad arrived?

3. What is the name of Schindler's wife?

4. To what type of venue did Oskar Schindler invite a group of men around Christmas of 1939?

5. What reason does Schindler give Goeth for continuing his enamelware operations without change?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 27, the burning of the bodies begins at Plaszow. Keneally says "In the enthusiasm of the spring of 1943, bodies--notably the bodies of those killed in the ghetto's last two days--were thrown randomly into mass graves in the woods." Having read of the number killed in the ghetto clearances, and knowing how many have been killed since at Plaszow, describe how you think this level of murder could be completely hidden. If you think it cannot be completely hidden, tell why you think that.

2. What does Pfefferberg's actions in Chapter 21, when he's looking for Mila, tell you about the man?

3. In the Prologue, the prostitute with Goeth guides him up the stairs rather than toward the back of the house. Keneally refers to this as "the sorority in operation." What does he mean by that?

4. Keneally writes that Schindler was "frightened" after his second arrest. What was different this time that made him unable to laugh off this arrest as he did the first?

5. Unlike the secret pictures taken by Babar in Chapter 25, Raimund Titsch took rolls of photographs with Goeth's knowledge. In fact, many of them were of Goeth, as well as Goeth's girlfriend Majola. What does the fact that Goeth allowed this tell you about him?

6. Little Genia has a fictitious "family." Why?

7. Oskar promises Edith Liebgold she'll live through the war if she works at DEF. What have you read to this point in the book to indicate Schindler intended on keeping this promise?

8. In Chapter 21, Keneally writes, "they thought of him as a good enough fellow who'd been stricken with a form of Jew-love as with a virus. . . But he would have to pay for his disease." What does Keneally mean by that?

9. Write a short description of what you think an Aktion would have looked like to a Jew in Cracow in 1940.

10. What does Dr. Steinberg do while he is a prisoner in the Luftwaffe camp?

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