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. Why was Max Vandenberg bullied as a child?

2. How does Liesel react when Frau Hermann offers a book to her as a gift?

3. Which of Frau Hermann's relatives dies, leaving her deeply depressed?

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

5. How does Liesel describe the sensation of being burned at the book burning?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Liesel's younger brother while he is on the train at the opening of the novel?

2. How do Liesel and Rudy manage to steal a food basket from a church?

3. Why was Hans Hubermann asked to stay behind while the rest of his troop was sent in to battle in France during WWI?

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

5. How does Hans treat Liesel during the first few weeks she is at his home?

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

7. Why is the relationship between Hans and Hans Jr. strained?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Liesel's journey into adulthood can be traced through the books she reads. Choose at least three titles Liesel reads throughout the course of the novel and explain what Liesel learned from each of these texts. Then, explain how the books Liesel reads can trace her growth into adulthood using the three books you've selected as primary examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" is a very important prop in the plot of this novel. First, describe what message Hitler was trying to send to the German people with his book. Then, give at least two examples of scenes in which characters from the novel use "Mein Kampf" as a tool to aid in the fight against Hitler.

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