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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. What bothers Micha about Mina's background?
2. What is Kolesnik's reply when Micha asks if he is sad?
3. Who comforts Lore as she cries in bed?
4. How does Jozef describe the reactions of the SS men after a shooting?
5. Where do Lore and her siblings presume Vati to be?
Short Essay Questions
1. Jozef explains to Micha how the soldiers are able to kill the Jews without self-blame. How is this done?
2. What is Micha's search for the truth doing to the family?
3. Jozef and Elena recount their experiences of the German occupation. Summarize what it is like in Belarus during WWII.
4. Lore learns to question the truth and learn more from strangers. What reality does Lore have about her parents?
5. Tomas travels with the family for a long time, but once they reach the border, he wants to leave them. Why would Tomas want to leave at this point?
6. Describe Mutti's reaction to Jochen. Why does she react this way?
7. Micha visits Minsk specifically to learn about his Opa. However, Micha runs into trouble learning about his grandfather's past. What obstacles stand in Micha's way?
8. In the short amount of time Micha spends in Belarus on his first visit, he receives various receptions of his German background. Compare and contrast Andrej's and his mother's reception of Micha to the grandfather at the museum's.
9. At first, Micha goes to the Kolesniks for his knowledge but over time, Elena is the one to request Micha's visit. What is the basis behind Micha's relationship with the Kolesniks?
10. Only Micha seems adamant on searching the truth about Opa. What is Mutti and Vati's point of view in regards to Opa?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe post-war Germany's political state and how this affects every day civilian life. How do the zones make a difference? The rations and occupation of soldiers from enemy states?
Essay Topic 2
Seiffert writes over many generations in the novel. World War II ended in 1945 yet Micha is affected in the late 1990s when he learns about his Opa. Write about how history affects the present. This paper may take one of two paths, politically or personally. Choose only one avenue.
Essay Topic 3
Micha ends his story with a visit to Oma's with Dilan. Why is it significant, not just in Micha's story, but also for the entire novel, that there is a relationship between Oma and the great-grandchild? What does this represent in regards to love and the consequences of war?
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