The Things a Brother Knows Test | Final Test - Hard

Dana Reinhardt
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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 does Zim give Levi for Levi's birthday?

2. What does Boaz suggest Levi does?

3. What does the man say may help Boaz to start talking?

4. What happened once when Boaz was riding in a Humvee?

5. What astonishes Levi when they reach Celine's aunt's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Levi do in Boaz's room and what action does he decide to take?

2. What does Loren call to tell Levi the day before Levi leaves in search of Boaz?

3. Why does Levi sneak a call to Pearl and what does he learn?

4. Where do Boaz and Levi first go when they arrive in the Washington, D.C. area and who do they visit?

5. What happens when a Toyota truck goes speeding by Boaz and Levi as they are walking?

6. What does Celine say to Levi about her brother?

7. Who arrives just as Levi is wondering about her and what does she decide to do?

8. What does Levi calculate and decide to do?

9. What happens when Levi follows Boaz after Boaz leaves the restaurant?

10. What story does Boaz tell the crowd at the Vietnam Memorial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Adjusting to life as a civilian is difficult for Boaz. He stays in his room and sleeps, but he is probably just avoiding talking about his experience. He's not ready to discuss it yet. But his silence, just like his military service, is impacting the family. His mother is worried, but keeps reminding herself that at least he's home. Abba doesn't understand why his son is isolating himself and isn't just his old self. Levi is confused and hurt. Boaz's apparent depression is making Levi feel guilty.

1. Discuss why adjusting to civilian life might be difficult for Boaz. Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

2. How do you think Boaz's silence is affecting his family? Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

3. Compare Boaz's parents reactions to his behavior and why you think his mother and father are reacting differently. Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of The Things a Brother Knows, Levi grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. The Things a Brother Knows might be considered a slice of Levi's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that The Things a Brother Knows is a "bildungsroman" of Levi Katznelson. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Levi as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Levi?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Levi's growth throughout The Things a Brother Knows, do you think The Things a Brother Knows could be considered Levi's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in The Things a Brother Knows who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Levi senses that his parents are too close to the situation and too emotional to help Boaz. He has growing concerns about Boaz. He thinks he is planning something and, given his psychological state, Levi fears that it could be disastrous. He knows that it's very unhealthy for Boaz to be isolating himself. His parents and grandparents are in denial. Even though Levi has some feelings of envy and bitterness about his brother who has always gotten more attention than he has, at least in his mind, Levi is showing how much he cares for his brother.

1. Do you think Levi's parents' emotions could be affecting their judgment? How could that happen? Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the problems that could occur from Boaz isolating himself. Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Levi might envy his brother? Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

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