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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Oskar returns to Cracow from the Sudetenland, what does he find has happened to two of his barracks?
2. Young Richard Rosner was never able to go to a children's playground again without growing hysterical at the sight of what piece of equipment?
3. What did Oskar have secreted away in his car in Chapter 37?
4. When did Oskar hear news of the German surrender?
5. Where was Oskar Schindler buried?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Chapter 15, Keneally contrasts a scene of brutal killing against a scene of Red Genia's survival. Describe your thoughts not only on the scenes themselves, but why Keneally juxtaposed them together in this way.
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 9, Oskar's old motorcycle-riding friends push him toward a reconciliation with his father, even as Oskar can't bring himself to give up his mistresses and bring his wife to Cracow to live with him. He's also begun to be inconvenienced by the number of his workers being press-ganged each day to shovel snow or perform other menial tasks. Oskar originally saw his father as a larger-than-life figure, but when he finally spoke with him, Keneally says, "so Oskar decided that even Herr Hans Schindler was human." Describe how you think these things mirror each other, showing us the development in the story of Oskar Schindler as a more well-rounded person, allowing us to understand some possible motivation behind the risks he would eventually take.
Essay Topic 3
Chapter 17 opens with the statement, "even in the autumn of 1942, the Zionists of Palestine, let alone the population of the world, knew nothing but rumors of what was happening in Europe." Based on your reading of the book and any other activities you've completed, discuss the communication of the early 1940's. Why did no one know what was going on in Germany and Poland? What kinds of news media were available? Who owned them? Do you think the secrecy was part of the Nazi plan? If they believed that their "ethnic cleansing" was the right thing to do, then why was it kept so secret?
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