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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 Helmut enjoy most about the train station?
(a) Talking to the guard.
(b) Watching the train engineers.
(c) The noise.
(d) People watching.

2. Where does Helmut make a home after his is destroyed?
(a) In a cellar.
(b) In an abandoned bakery.
(c) At the train station.
(d) In Gladigau's shop.

3. Why does Lore bury the last of Vati's pictures?
(a) All the keepsakes are weighing her down.
(b) Leisel keeps asking for them so Lore gets rid of them.
(c) She is fearful of the evidence.
(d) To keep them safe until she can return for them another time.

4. Who provides food rations throughout the German area that Lore and her siblings are traveling through?
(a) The Nazi party.
(b) The German government.
(c) It is autocratic at this stage.
(d) The Americans.

5. How is Helmut's family best described in the photo at the ice cream shop?
(a) Loving.
(b) Resentful.
(c) Happy.
(d) Distant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the confrontation at the train station indicate about the Third Reich's concerns?

2. What part of Germany is Lore's family from?

3. What opportunity opens up for Papi?

4. Where does Helmut find safety after the second bombing is over?

5. What does the farmer's son tell Lore?

Short Essay Questions

1. Gladigau is first Papi's, then Helmut's employer. Gladigau does more than just pay his workers. How is Gladigau an important figure, especially to Helmut?

2. Describe Lore's role in the family.

3. 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.

4. What changes does Lore's family go through during the war?

5. The Third Reich is at its height when Helmut is a teenager. How does this age and Helmut's life affect his acceptance and loyalty to the Third Reich?

6. As part of Papi's pay, Gladigau takes family portraits while Helmut grows up. How do the family portraits play a role in this story and what progression is observed from when Helmut is a newborn to the last individual photo?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Helmut is cast to the side with the weak during physical education. Helmut tries to "prove himself" for whom and why?

10. Helmut does not ever speak of Germany's purge of its own population. Does Helmut, as a common civilian, know about the prison camps in other parts of Germany? Does it make a difference in his beliefs?

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