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. Who sees Liesel steal the book from the bonfire?

2. What type of soup does Rosa Hubermann make once a week to feed her family?

3. How does LIesel feel after her outburst against Frau Hermann?

4. Which of the following activities do Rudy and Liesel spend the summer doing?

5. Where did Max Vandenberg grow up?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What reaction does Liesel have when she overhears someone use the word "Communist" at the bonfire?

3. How is Hans paid for the work he does during the summer of 1942?

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

5. What secret code do Liesel and Rosa concoct to communicate about Max in public?

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

7. What happens when Frau Hermann finally confronts Liesel about stealing from her library?

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

9. Who was Erik Vandenberg?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

While Max is living in the Hubermann's basement, he has little to no contact with the outside world. First, describe how Max spends his days while he is confined to the basement. Then, explain how Max manages to catch glimpses, both real and imagined, of what life is like on the outside during his confinement.

Essay Topic 3

Hans manages to survive both World Wars even though he fought in both. First, describe how Hans managed to survive the first World War. Then, compare / contrast that to the way Hans managed to survive the second World War. What does Hans' knack for survival tell the reader about his character?

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