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 school subjects does Liesel practice regularly with Max?

2. What is the name of the street where Liesel lives with the Hubermann family?

3. What part of her body is burned when Liesel steals a copy of "The Shoulder Shrug"?

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

5. To which German city is Liesel being relocated by the foster care system?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Erik Vandenberg?

4. How does Max escape from Stuttgard after the war breaks out?

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

6. How did Erik Vandenberg's widow respond when Hans Hubermann came knocking at her door?

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

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

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

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

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

When WWII broke out, the economy in Munich was devastated. First, describe how the Hubermann and Steiner families were directly affected by the failing economy. Then, describe how each family managed to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and survive while surrounded by the abject poverty around them.

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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