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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why was Mietek Pemper ordered arrested by a judge?
2. What does Schindler do with the confiscated Wohlfeiler papers?
3. About how much time does it take Menasha Levartov to turn out a hinge at Goeth's Plaszow camp?
4. What does Emilie Schindler travel to Ostrava to get?
5. Oskar's speech on the factory floor promised that he would remain at Brinnlitz until when?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Identify at least three traits of Oskar Schindler's personality and then detail how they affected the story. What difference did these traits make in the decision he made? Did Keneally's description of Oskar and his actions always seem true to these traits? If not, where did it seem to diverge?
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
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?
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