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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Stingo do on this first morning in the boarding house?

2. What does Farrell urge Stingo to do?

3. What does Nathan think is wrong with Sophie?

4. Where did Stingo learn his religious prejudices about Judaism?

5. How did Sophie feel Dr. Blackstock's treatments were doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Stingo observe at the celebration that the three have after Stingo returns from Nathan's brother?

2. What does Sophie tell Stingo in Chapter 9 about her time in Auschwitz?

3. Describe Stingo's interaction with his father during his father's trip to New York.

4. Describe what Sophie says about her early days in Poland.

5. Describe Stingo getting ready for his date with Leslie.

6. Stingo, as the older narrator, recites some statistics about the Holocaust. Give a summary of them.

7. Describe the three friends walking the street on the way to Coney Island and how Stingo feels about it.

8. What happened the day the day the Nazis came to the university? How did Sophie know?

9. Describe the day Sophie was arrested.

10. How does the narrator Stingo write of Leslie Lapidus?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Sophie tells Stingo much more of her experiences in the concentration camp than she tells Nathan? Use examples from the book to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

The human heart cannot grasp the sheer numbers behind a tragedy like the Twin Towers destruction or a worldwide catastrophe like the Holocaust. If we say thousands died in the terrorist act on the twin towers, or millions were killed in the Holocaust, the sheer size of those numbers prevents our understanding. Why do you think the human mind is unable to comprehend tragedy on a large scale? How did Stingo mourn the holocaust by mourning Nathan and Sophie?

Essay Topic 3

Pretend you are living in Nazi Germany and have just been arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Describe how you feel, what you are seeing, and how you plan to get out of the camp alive.

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