The Book Thief Test | 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. Who places Liesel Meminger in foster care?

2. What did Hans give to Erik Vandenberg's widow with the hopes of being able to help her family one day?

3. Which sport does Max regularly dream he is participating in with Adolf Hitler?

4. Why is Rosa fired by various customers while Liesel is learning how to read?

5. What sport does Liesel regularly play with the neighborhood kids?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Liesel celebrate her first Christmas with Hans and Rosa?

2. Who is Frau Diller?

3. How does Liesel fare during her first few weeks of school in Munich?

4. What does Max give to Liesel on her birthday?

5. What chores is Liesel expected to complete around the house while she is living with Hans and Rosa?

6. How is the mysterious young man in Stuttgart described when the reader sees him for the first time?

7. What reaction does Liesel have when she overhears someone use the word "Communist" at the bonfire?

8. Where do Hans and Rosa hide Max in their house?

9. How was Max Vandenberg treated by his schoolmates as a child?

10. Whose name is written on the inside covers of the books kept in Frau Hermann's library?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Max arrives at the Hubermann doorstep, Liesel is sworn to secrecy about his appearance. Why are the Hubermanns so concerned with keeping Max's visit a secret? Does Liesel manage to keep the secret? If so, how and why? If not, what are the effects of her slipped secret?

Essay Topic 2

At the closing of the novel, Liesel has penned a book of her own. First, describe the book Liesel writes. What message does the book send to readers? After being separated from the book for most of her life, how is the book finally returned to Liesel? What does she learn about the message of her text upon its return? From Liesel's perspective, do you think the book she authored was a success? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

One of the ways the Nazi soldiers sought to humiliate their Jewish prisoners was to march them in parades through the cities. First, explain what message the Nazis were sending to the villagers with the parades. From the Nazis' point of view, were the parades successful? Why or why not? Finally, explain the various reactions villagers, like Hans and Liesel, had to seeing the prisoners being paraded through their streets.

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