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. What does the dead Australian have clutched in his hand?

2. What was the name of the secret, postwar society of SS men?

3. At what event does Madritsch inform Oskar that he won't be taking his workers to Moravia?

4. Two truckloads of what food arrived on the day of Oskar's 37th birthday?

5. Where did Poldek Pfefferberg hide while looking for his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapters 26-30 are full of powerful imagery: the courtship of Rebecca and Josef even as new fences are being built, the smoke of the crematoria in the country air, and the ever-increasing burdens that Schindler has to overcome to keep his Jewish workers safe. We're also more than halfway through the book. Examine the imagery in this section of the book, as well as its placement in the plot line and with the story development. What changes do we see in Schindler from chapter 26 to chapter 30? What techniques and story details does Keneally use to avoid the "sagging middle" here? Write at least one page answering the above questions, and cite at least three specific examples from within these chapters in your essay.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 1, Keneally searches for some reason or incident in Schindler's background to explain his motivation for saving so many Jews. He doesn't come up with anything definitive. Explain your own theory as to why Oskar Schindler risked so much to save these people. Was it just the thrill of taking risks? Did all of these people become good friends of his? Did he see how wrong the German actions were? If so, why didn't he speak up?

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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