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Rachel Seiffert
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does a woman offer Lore when Lore sits down very tired?
(a) A way to get to Oma's.
(b) Her last milk and bread.
(c) A place to nap.
(d) Help with directions.

2. What runs through Helmut's mind as he looks for his parents after the bombings?
(a) To not let his parents see him cry.
(b) That they might be outside of Berlin.
(c) The possibility that they might be dead.
(d) That he will work harder for them if he gets to see them again.

3. What happens when Americans question Lore on the road?
(a) The young man shows them papers and tells them they are siblings on their way to Oma's.
(b) Lore tells them they are with the young man.
(c) She cannot understand so she ignores them and walks on.
(d) Lore tells them she is on the way to Fulda.

4. Where is Helmut born?
(a) Auschwitz.
(b) Cologne.
(c) Munich.
(d) Berlin.

5. What is the reaction of the refugees when they first meet Helmut?
(a) Many beg him for bread.
(b) They curse him for his crooked arm.
(c) They resent him for not fighting in the front.
(d) Most ignore him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What opportunity does Gladigau give Helmut?

2. Who does Juri offer his bread to despite his own hunger?

3. What is Lore's reaction to the twin's sprawl on the ground?

4. What will become of Berlin?

5. What is Helmut's ritual when bombs fall in closely?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the farmer's son taunts Lore and pushes her down, the twins throw rocks at him. What does this show about the children?

2. As Lore and her siblings walk on, some seem suspicious of their backgrounds but people usually help them anyway. Why do some people look at Lore's family with disdain but eventually help?

3. When the Americans question Lore, Tomas shows up with papers and tells them they are a family. What do the papers show and why does Seiffert mention a tattoo on Tomas' arm?

4. Refugees come through Berlin and some speak of a brutal Soviet army the size of a continent. Others deny their truths and say it is not so. Why is it hard to know what is true and what is not? Who is right?

5. Although Seiffert does not say much about the farmers, what are the implied feelings of the farmers?

6. Other than Lore, what do the children know of the current situation?

7. Germany attacks its neighbors and gains more lands that are prosperous. Neither Helmut nor anyone in his neighborhood seems to argue the Third Reich's actions. In fact, many boys are signing up to fight the war. Why would some Germans welcome the war and the push into other countries?

8. Helmut notices the city is emptying. More people are leaving on the trains and less are returning. This is a mystery and Seiffert never explicitly offers an explanation. Why not?

9. The new train station guard does not like Helmut immediately. Only after knowing Helmut's current situation, does he help Helmut. Why does the train station guard act this way? What does that say about the bombings in Berlin?

10. Helmut has the opportunity to work as a soldier five years into the war. What are Helmut's thoughts and feelings towards being a soldier?

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