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 news does Mutti give about Vati in Section 6?

2. What does Mina try to remind Micha about?

3. What does Lore overhear on the train?

4. Whose grave does Micha visit?

5. What indicates the closeness between Lore's family and Tomas?

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. 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?

3. Describe Micha's feelings for his Opa as time goes on as he continues his search for the truth.

4. Elena brings Micha to the place where her husband and his Opa killed the Jews. Describe Elena's reaction to the site of the killing fields. How does this reaction show who she is as a person?

5. Only Micha seems adamant on searching the truth about Opa. What is Mutti and Vati's point of view in regards to Opa?

6. 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?

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

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

9. Describe Micha's family dynamics.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast racism during and after war. Who is harassed? In what way? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Summarize Tomas character and discuss the significance of his role in the novel. Why does Seiffert write him as a thief who steals from a dead Jew? What does this signify about the war, post-war, to Lore?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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