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. Which of the following ailments afflicts Tommy Muller?

2. Where did Max Vandenberg grow up?

3. To which of the following institutions is the Fuehrer most closely tied?

4. At which holiday does Liesel finish reading "The Gravedigger's Handbook"?

5. Which of the following tools does Max use to keep records of his emotions in the journal?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Hans suddenly begin working again during the summer of 1942?

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Rudy sees an airplane go down outside the bomb shelter?

8. Why is Max forced to leave the Hubermann house?

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

10. How does Rudy react to the physical he is forced to undergo at the Nazi school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Hans sees the starving Jewish prisoner being marched through town, he makes a snap decision that permanently affects his family. What are the pros to Hans' decision regarding the Jewish soldier? What are the cons? When the pros and cons are balanced, do you think Hans' decision regarding the soldier is a good one? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Liesel's life undergoes some major changes, starting with the opening chapter of the novel. First, describe what Liesel's familial situation is like at the opening of the novel. Then, describe what her familial situation is like at the end of the novel. What has changed about Liesel's sense of family?

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