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. Where did Max Vandenberg grow up?

2. What book does Liesel read over and over in Frau Hermann's library?

3. How many soldiers survived the battle Hans Hubermann sat out during WWI?

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

5. Which of the following books does Hans Jr. think is the most valuable book ever written?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Rosa get the idea to send Liesel on all of her sales calls for the laundry business?

2. How does Liesel manage to get a hold of a copy of the book "The Shoulder Shrug"?

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

4. How does Rudy Steiner express his admiration for Jesse Owens?

5. How does Liesel react when she realizes the mayor's wife saw her steal the book from the bonfire?

6. What are Liesel's first impressions of Rosa and Hans Hubermann?

7. How do the citizens of Molching decide to celebrate the birthday of the Fueher?

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

9. How is Max greeted by the Hubermann family when he arrives on their doorstep?

10. How do Hans and Rosa react when Liesel asks for permission to write letters home to her mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rudy's experience within the Hitler Youth Organization was one that haunted him throughout his entire life. First, describe Rudy's initial experiences with the Hitler Youth Organization. Then, explain why Rudy was forced to switch groups at various times throughout his Nazi career. Finally, explain what skill Rudy exhibited, and how the Hitler Youth Organization responded to his unexpected skill.

Essay Topic 2

Both Liesel and Hans have an artistic talent that brings peace to stressful situations. First, describe both Liesel and Hans' talents. Then, describe at least one situation when these characters use their artistic skill in the attempts to calm a crowd. What is the effect of their attempts?

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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