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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. In what year does "The Assault" begin?

2. With whom is Anton living during the Second Episode?

3. What is the name of Anton's escort to Amsterdam in the First Episode?

4. What is left of Anton's old house in the Second Episode?

5. Mrs. Beumer tells Anton that who was killed on the night of the assault?

Short Essay Questions

1. When he returns to his old neighborhood, what information does Mrs. Beumer give Anton that he had not known before?

2. Describe Anton's childhood neighbors.

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

4. In the First Episode, why does Anton not jump out of the truck when the convoy is attacked?

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

6. Why does Anton not know about the memorial to the Resistance hostages until Mrs. Beumer tells him?

7. How does Anton spend the night after the shooting?

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

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

10. In the First Episode, what happens to Anton's escort on the way to Amsterdam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Almost every character in "The Assault" is affected in some way by the shooting of Fake Ploeg. Choose three characters other than Anton and explain how their lives are changed by the assault.

Essay Topic 2

Whom do you consider to be most at fault for the murder of Anton's family? In your essay include your reasoning and whether or not Anton also considers that person guilty.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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