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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. The Judenrat was what?

2. What was the "solution" Hitler came up with for getting rid of the Jews?

3. By midsummer of 1940, how many people were employed at Schindler's Emalia plant?

4. In the Prologue, how does Schindler kiss the prostitutes invited to dinner?

5. In the Prologue, what does Goeth refer to Schindler as?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 14, Keneally says "Even in the summer of 1942 it was impossible to guess at the connections between such a man as this and those ovens of extraordinary cubic capacity." What does he mean by this?

2. Chapter 25 describes Oskar's arrangement of a tour of Plaszow by Babar and Sedlacek, complete with a miniature camera. Emalia is only recently established. Why would Oskar take such a risk?

3. Henry Rosner recalls that, even after the war, Oskar was the "great discoverer of unprocurables." What did he obtain in Munich that seemingly no one else could obtain?

4. Chapter 17 describes the first time Oskar works for the resistance. It is still relatively early in Oskar's involvement and few reasons are given for Oskar undertaking such a risky journey. Why do you think Oskar decided to risk the trip to Budapest?

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

6. When Oskar is trying to leave Brinnlitz, his car won't start. What was the cause?

7. Chapters 26-30 describe several events that hardened Oskar's opinions and made him fight even harder for "his" Jews. List at least two of them.

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

9. Oskar Schindler, a man very much like his father, apparently married a woman very much like his mother. What reason does Keneally give for Oskar's decision to marry Emilie?

10. Explain why you think pharmacist Bachner returned from Prokocim to the Cracow ghetto, rather than trying to escape to freedom.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in the novel experienced every kind of emotion possible. Do you think Keneally was simply trying to tell the story of Oskar Schindler with this book, or was he trying to elicit emotions in the reader? State your reasoning, and back it up with specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 2, Oskar Schindler befriends Itzhak Stern, and puts in motion the process of buying and running the Rekord factory. Choose one of the following to write about. Be sure to explain your answers, using at least one reference from the book.

1. Do you think Oskar Schindler was already entertaining the idea of sheltering Jews in his factory by the end of Chapter 2? Why or why not? Are there instances in Chapters 3-5 that support your opinion? If so, what are they?

2. If Oskar Schindler were experiencing cognitive dissonance over the persecution of the Jews, why do you think he would buy an entire factory in which to shelter them? Couldn't he do something less risky, like carry messages in his travels? Explain why you think Oskar Schindler chose this path.

3. At the end of Chapter 2, Stern refers to a Talmudic verse, and believes that quoting that verse made a difference in Oskar's eventual actions. What was that verse, and why do you think it could have made a difference? At this point in the book, Schindler has never saved anyone, he's a member of the German occupation and not a Jew. What possible benefit could he have seen from embarking on buying a factory and filling it with Jews? And how does that action tie in with Stern's reference?

Essay Topic 3

No novel can succeed without conflict. Many writers and writing teachers believe there are five basic kinds of conflict: man vs. man (or person vs. person), man vs. self, man vs. society, man vs. nature, and man vs. the supernatural. Some also believe in a sixth type of conflict, man vs. technology. What types of conflict have you observed in this novel? Be sure to give at least one specific example for each type that you list.

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