The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edmund de Waal
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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. Who ordered the Ring to be be built?

2. Which of Charles' brothers was a playboy?

3. Who was elected mayor of Vienna in 1897?

4. What pose does Charles hold in Manet's painting?

5. What was Dreyfus accused of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problems were Charles and his relative having at the end of Chapter 20?

2. How did Charles spend his time in Paris?

3. Why did Westerners view Japanese art as so different?

4. What was the family's goal in terms of their grain business?

5. How did Charles help Laforgue?

6. What did Drumont write about Jews in his anti-Semetic newspaper?

7. What was Sichel's view of Japan?

8. Describe Edmund's relative Ignace von Ephrussi.

9. How did Charles live his life differently from his brothers?

10. What were Herr Wessel's teaching methods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which family member in the book does de Waal identify with the most? Why does he identify with that particular family member? How do think they would have gotten along if they had met in real life?

Essay Topic 2

Why do the students think de Waal only shows the life of the rich Jews such as his family members in his book? In light of all the problems, what are the disadvantages with representing only the rich Jewish members of society? How would the meaning of the book changed if he had represented the lives of some of the poorer members of Jewish society?

Essay Topic 3

What does de Waal learn about his family in the book? Why is it so important for him to know about his family? How will this new knowledge about his family help him?

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