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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. How does Micha feel about himself?
2. Who writes the letter to Mutti?
3. What does Lore do to Tomas' belongings before she buries them?
4. How does Jochen die?
5. How does Lore reunite with Oma?
Short Essay Questions
1. Only Micha seems adamant on searching the truth about Opa. What is Mutti and Vati's point of view in regards to Opa?
2. Micha is insistent in his search for the truth to the point that it breaks up his family and angers his girlfriend. Explain Micha's drive to discover the truth about his Opa.
3. Describe Micha's family dynamics.
4. Describe Micha's feelings for his Opa as time goes on as he continues his search for the truth.
5. Lore uses the tram with people reading the paper and has a ferry crossing as a birthday gift. What might these and other scenes in Section 7 predict about the future?
6. Lore learns to question the truth and learn more from strangers. What reality does Lore have about her parents?
7. What is Micha's search for the truth doing to the family?
8. 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?
9. Jozef and Elena recount their experiences of the German occupation. Summarize what it is like in Belarus during WWII.
10. Many Holocaust images are posted to spread the truth of what occurred during the war. What are the people's views in regards to the photos?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Elena notes that for her love of a murderer her punishment is having no children. Detail why Elena might feel she should be punished for her husband's action. How is love and punishment related?
Essay Topic 2
Micha knows very little about Opa before his research about his war's past. Micha was not even old enough to attend Opa's funeral. Yet, Micha feels shame about Opa's actions and is too embarrassed to admit his family past when he visits Belarus. Why does Micha feel shame for someone he knows very little about? What is blood relations and family history so important to Micha?
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 1,341 words
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