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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 does Jereth point out to Schindler regarding the "wasteland" behind Jereth's factory?

2. In Chapter 11, Szymon Jereth is the "unofficial manager" of what?

3. In the Prologue, Schindler remarks that Goeth turns into what when drunk?

4. In Chapter 10, Keneally states that the SS was becoming more powerful because they were becoming:

5. After Oskar's birthday party in 1942, what happens?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Prologue, Keneally describes "a prison road paved with Jewish gravestones." Discuss the symbolism of this image.

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

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

4. The Trustees of Yad Vashem began to collect testimonies regarding Oskar. Were all of them positive? If not, what was a complaint?

5. 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?

6. The beginning of Chapter 16 describes the fallout from the Aktion that cleared thousands from the ghetto. Then Keneally writes, "It was no use bringing such tidings to the Judenrat." If the Judenrat were supposed to help the Jews, why would that be the case?

7. 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?

8. Of Schindler's first arrest, Keneally writes "he would have enjoyed a radio." What does that tell you about Schindler?

9. What does Keneally's initial description of Oskar Schindler tell you about the man?

10. According to witnesses, what did Amon Goeth do just before he was hung?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What message do you think Keneally is trying to convey in this novel? The author chose not to write this as a biography of Schindler, and most novels have an underlying theme or message. What did you come away with after reading this book? What do you think Keneally wanted to convey? Are those the same, or do you think you got something a little different out of the book than Keneally intended? If so, why?

Essay Topic 2

The setting of a book can function almost as another character. Describe how the setting of Schindler's List, especially the descriptions of Emalia, Plaszow, and Brinnlitz, surround the characters and become part of the fabric of the story. Discuss what effect the setting has on the book as a whole, and how the book might be different if it had been set somewhere else.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the different ways Oskar Schindler defies authority. Although he doesn't participate in outright defiance, like bombing buildings, his defiance is still measurable. Describe at least three ways Oskar defies "the system," and give specific examples from the book.

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