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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. Who are Gladigau's most common clients?
(a) Widowed men and soldiers.
(b) Whole families.
(c) Widows and orphaned children.
(d) Soldiers off to war or widowed women.

2. What does Mutti bring back from town after days of being sick?
(a) Vati.
(b) Medicine.
(c) News of the Fürher's death.
(d) Food.

3. What images of veterans are described in Section 4?
(a) They are disabled and homeless.
(b) There is a parade for their return.
(c) Families give them warm welcomings.
(d) They walk proudly.

4. What does Helmut do when he meets the refugees?
(a) Spews out Nazi speeches and logic.
(b) Begs them for money.
(c) Argues that they are liars.
(d) Scolds them for being cowards.

5. 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) She cannot understand so she ignores them and walks on.
(c) Lore tells them they are with the young man.
(d) Lore tells them she is on the way to Fulda.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the reaction of the refugees when they first meet Helmut?

2. What does Lore do with the badges of the party?

3. Where does Lore's family run to hide when the end of the war is near?

4. What dilemma does Lore run into by the second day out?

5. What occurs overnight at the church Lore and the children sleep in?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Lore asks the woman for more food for her siblings but the woman initially responds with a look of possible fear. Why might the woman be afraid?

3. Helmut catalogues Berlin through his snapshots. For months, Helmut sees the emptying of the city. When Gladigau interprets the pictures, he sees Berlin as the home it always is. What does Helmut learn about photography from this experience?

4. 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?

5. Germany is in the midst of war and has been for several years. The second bombing that Helmut experiences is the worst so far. Describe the new changes and routine to which the inhabitants of Berlin must adapt.

6. 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?

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

8. Helmut loses his parents and Gladigau is away. Helmut is often cold, hungry, and completely alone. How does he feel about the war at this stage?

9. 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?

10. At night, when the bombs are close, Helmut shouts at the noise. Why does he feel this need? What does it do for him?

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