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

2. Why does Liesel struggle in school?

3. What ethnicity was Erik Vandenberg?

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

5. In which room of the Hubermann household does Max hide while he is living with them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What objects are given to the mysterious young man in Stuttgart to help him escape the city?

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

5. Who is Frau Diller?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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