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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. Reuven is preparing for what school vacation in Chapter 9?
2. What is the name of the Jewish coming-of-age ritual for young boys?
3. Danny Saunders finds Reuven at the library and reads aloud to him passages from what book in Chapter 8?
4. What is the name of the Malters’ housekeeper in Chapter 5?
5. What does Danny Saunders tell Reuven when he visits him at the hospital in Chapter 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Reuven’s health in the beginning of Chapter 9? What do he and Danny discuss when they meet?
2. Why does Reb Saunders call Reuven’s father in Chapter 2? How does Reuven respond?
3. How does Reuven feel like his life has changed when he returns home from the hospital in Chapter 5? Why?
4. What is foreshadowed by David Malter’s comments about friendship in Chapter 4?
5. How does Reuven become injured during the game in Chapter 1? How does the game end?
6. How does the relationship between Reuven and Danny evolve in Chapter 3?
7. How is Reuven’s home described when he returns from the hospital in Chapter 5? Who greets them when they arrive home?
8. What changes Reb Saunders’ views of Reuven in Chapter 7? How is this indicated?
9. How does the baseball game begin in Chapter 1? Who takes the lead?
10. What is the implication when Reuven’s eyes are tested in the light in Chapter 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the symbolism of vision and the eyes in the novel. How does Reuven react to losing his vision even temporarily? How is vision used as a metaphor throughout the book? How does this symbolism apply to Danny’s character?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the theme of identity in the novel. How is identity developed thematically in Reuven and Danny? How does it apply to the character of Reb Saunders? What symbolism reflects this theme in the narrative?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the impact of D-Day on the characters in the novel in Chapter 3. How does Reuven respond to this historical event? What does Reuven’s father believe that D-Day indicates for the future of the Jewish People? What does Danny’s father think?
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