The Dark Room Test | Final Test - Hard

Rachel Seiffert
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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 is Tomas' reaction when Lore questions him about fathers in prison?

2. Why is Elena angry with Micha?

3. What are the SS men doing in the photos displayed in the museum Micha visits?

4. What is Oma's demeanor like?

5. Why does Leisel punch Lore?

Short Essay Questions

1. The children take a family picture to send to Mutti. What is Lore's reflection about the changes in her and her siblings?

2. Lore learns to question the truth and learn more from strangers. What reality does Lore have about her parents?

3. 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?

4. Jochen dies from Russian soldiers shooting at him. What is the significance of his death? Why does Seiffert add this to Lore's story?

5. Describe Mutti's reaction to Jochen. Why does she react this way?

6. Lore and the children keep Tomas a secret from Oma and Wiebke. Why is it not safe to tell them about Tomas?

7. Oma explains to Lore that Vati and Mutti are good people despite their involvement. Explain Oma's situation and where she stands regarding Mutti and Vati.

8. Jozef explains to Micha how the soldiers are able to kill the Jews without self-blame. How is this done?

9. 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.

10. Jozef and Elena recount their experiences of the German occupation. Summarize what it is like in Belarus during WWII.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe in detail and follow the progression of Lore's feelings for Tomas. How does she feel about him when she first sees him? How does she feel about Tomas when Juri asks about him on the ferry?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of the posted pictures of the Holocaust. Why are they posted? How do the Germans receive them? What issues come up concerning the pictures?

Essay Topic 3

Helmut listens to the radio for Germany's progress. At the same time, he notices an emptying of Berlin. The two are correlated, but it is a mystery to Helmut. What is the correlation and what makes it difficult for Helmut to see how the victories abroad are tied to the city's emptiness?

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