The Devil's Arithmetic Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What holiday does Hannah celebrate at the beginning of the novel?

At the beginning of the novel, Hannah is at her home in New Rochelle, New York. She is Jewish and will be going to her grandparents house for Passover. Hannah does not want to go to her grandparents for the first Seder, a ritual feast of Passover, because she feels it will be boring.

2. Who is lost in the Holocaust from Hannah's family?

When Hannah's family is discussed when she attends Passover, it is made known who has been lost in her family due to the Holocaust. Hannah's Grandpa Will lost everyone in his family to the Holocaust except Hannah's Aunt Eva. Hannah's Grandma Belle lost both of her parents to the Nazis in the Holocaust; the only other survivor being her brother who managed to escape.

3. What is Aaron's role in the ceremony of Seder?

While at the first celebration of Passover, which is Seder, Aaron is in charge of reading from the Haggadah. The Haggadah is a religious text, which Aaron must first read in Hebrew and then translated into English. Aaron is worried about his job of reciting from the Haggadah and complains he does not feel well due to his worry.

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