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 activities does Hans Hubermann convince Liesel to do after she has been in the house for a few weeks?

2. Where did Max Vandenberg grow up?

3. Which of the following school subjects does Liesel practice regularly with Max?

4. What book does Liesel read over and over in Frau Hermann's library?

5. What type of fruit do Rudy and Liesel steal from local farmers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Liesel manage to get a hold of a copy of the book "The Shoulder Shrug"?

2. What happens when Viktor Chemmel steals the book Liesel is reading?

3. What relationship does Liesel have with the book "The Whistler"?

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

5. When Frau Hermann invites LIesel inside her house, what does she show the young girl?

6. Who was Erik Vandenberg?

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

8. How does the Hubermann family react during the first air raid drill of the year?

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

10. What gift does Frau Hermann give to Liesel after the stealing has stopped?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the ways Liesel finds acceptance after moving to a new school is to join a gang. First, describe the gang Liesel was a part of. Who is the leader? What does the gang fight for? Then, explain how the gang helps Liesel learn how to function within a group. How does this lesson come in handy for Liesel later on in her life?

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

At the closing of the novel, Liesel has penned a book of her own. First, describe the book Liesel writes. What message does the book send to readers? After being separated from the book for most of her life, how is the book finally returned to Liesel? What does she learn about the message of her text upon its return? From Liesel's perspective, do you think the book she authored was a success? Why or why not?

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