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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the German soldiers accuse Bronski of?
(a) Bringing a toodles into a war zone.
(b) Treason.
(c) Killing a German.
(d) Theft.

2. Whose idea is it to commit Oskar to the asylum?
(a) The Board of Health.
(b) Matzerath.
(c) Berbra.
(d) Maria.

3. What does Oskar associate his guilt with?
(a) His betrayal.
(b) The drum from the Post Office.
(c) His childhood.
(d) His lifetime of isolation.

4. What wakes Oskar up after he falls asleep in the mail room of the post office?
(a) Bronski.
(b) The mail carriers.
(c) Thunder.
(d) Machine gun fire.

5. What circus character does Oskar feel drawn to?
(a) The dancing seals.
(b) The musical clown.
(c) The lion tamer.
(d) The trapeze artist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Oskar begin to drum furiously when he is discharged from the hospital?

2. What does Oskar expect to receive for Christmas?

3. What does Oskar say was wrong with the wooden bench at the church?

4. In Chapter 3, Oskar is in the hospital and his friends come to visit. What gift does Klepp bring him?

5. When Matzerath leaves the cellar door open and Oskar finds it, what does Oskar feel the cellar is demanding of him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the result of Oskar's drumming under the rostrums?

2. What is Maria's reaction when Oskar puts the homemade fizz powder in his hand and spits in it?

3. What did Oskar and his father find at one of the stores during Krystal Nacht?

4. How does Oskar feel about quitting school after the first day and what does he do about it?

5. As the story begins, the reader immediately learns that the narrator is in a mental hospital. How does Oskar wish to change his room and are his changes something that would be expected?

6. Why does Oskar lose weight while he is in the hospital?

7. What was to social and economic situation in Danzig in 1938?

8. How does Oskar become the leader of the Dusters?

9. What is Herbert's job at the local bar like?

10. Oskar tells Bruno and his friends the story of his grandfather's possible death. After the story, each character responds with what he thinks actually happened. Whose version of the story's end does Oskar like the best and why.?

(see the answer keys)

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