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 does Liesel struggle in school?

2. Where was Hans Hubermann stationed when he fought in WWI?

3. Why was Max Vandenberg bullied as a child?

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

5. Which of the following political parties does Liesel think her mother belonged to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the Hubermann and Steiner families stretch the food they have during the recession so no one goes hungry?

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

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

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

7. Who is Frau Diller?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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