Schindler's List Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Regina Perlman visits Schindler in order to do what?

2. In Chapter 31, Goeth sends Helen Hirsch a note requesting several items. What are they?

3. From what disease does Amon Goeth suffer?

4. Throughout the war years, Oskar is depicted as. . .

5. Who does Oskar bring to Emalia at the beginning of Chapter 23?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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