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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 do the Germans leave Vladek’s mother-in-law’s nice bedroom set alone when they come to plunder the household?
2. When is “Prisoner on the Hell Planet” set?
3. How do Vladek’s in-laws distract themselves from the war?
4. How many ounces of bread is each member of Vladek's inlaws entitled to during the war, with the coupons the Germans have issued?
5. When Vladek and Artie are at the bank together, what complaint does Vladek make about Mala?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where do Vladek and his fellow prisoners go after leaving Srodula?
2. Describe Vladek’s first business deal after returning from the POW camp.
3. What convinces Vladek and Anja to try to flee to Hungary?
4. How does Art Spiegelman include Maus within the book itself?
5. How do Vladek and Anja end up staying with Mrs. Motonowa?
6. How does Ilzecki save Vladek’s life?
7. Where does Vladek say he worked in Sosnowiec?
8. Why is Mala at her wit’s end in the beginning of Chapter 6?
9. How does Vladek acquire new skills in Sosnowiec?
10. What does Artie learn from Vladek about Anja’s journals?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the importance of Artie's father and Artie's mother in Maus. How are they each important, and what is the difference between their importance in Artie’s eyes?
Essay Topic 2
When is Maus most itself? What is its characteristic passage, or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?
Essay Topic 3
In what ways is Maus relevant to contemporary readers? What contemporary issues are in play in the book, and how would the book contribute to contemporary discussion? Cite specific discussions from contemporary sources, and cite specific instances from the book that describe its contemporary relevance.
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