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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. Who says to Anton, "Pickles are just like crocodiles"?

2. After spending the night in a prison cell, what is on Anton's face?

3. What did Mr. Beumer used to read to Anton?

4. In which city does "The Assault" begin?

5. While in a jail cell, a woman tells Anton a story about what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Anton and the Van Liempts.

2. Why does Peter want to move the body of Fake Ploeg?

3. After the liberation, how does Anton find out whether his parents are dead or alive?

4. In the Second Episode, why does Anton leave the birthday party early?

5. Why does Mr. Steenwijk teach Peter and Anton at home?

6. What happens to Anton the morning after the shooting?

7. Describe the neighborhood in which Anton grows up.

8. What are the similarities between the author Harry Mulisch and the character Anton?

9. Describe Anton's childhood neighbors.

10. Why does Mrs. Beumer believe that Anton's mother was shot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Retribution is a theme connected with the shooting of Fake Ploeg. Do any of the characters in "The Assault" deserve to die? Choose three characters and defend your answer to this question.

Essay Topic 2

Had the body of Fake Ploeg not been moved in front of Anton's house, his parents would not have been killed. Describe what probably would have happened in the following situations.

1) The body is left in front of the Kortewegs.

2) The body is moved in front of the Aartses.

Essay Topic 3

In the beginning of the book, Anton's family consists of his parents and Peter. At the end, he has created a new family for himself. Discuss Anton's relationship with his family members, including both of his wives and his children.

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