The Tin Drum Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Oskar think is the most remarkable thing grownups ever produced?

2. What does Greff do on Sundays in the winter?

3. Why does Oskar say his uncle Gregor drank?

4. Who gets stuck in the theater seat at the beginning of Chapter 9?

5. After Hebert's funeral, what does Meyn do after becoming too drunk?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.?

3. What are three main characteristics of Oskar's friend Klepp?

4. What happens after Schuman shoots the 13th bird in the park.

5. What happens to Oskar when he finds the leather belt in Sister Dorothea's room?

6. Why does Maria chose to relocate to Rhineland?

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

8. How does Oskar come to be the sole supporter of the family?

9. What extreme measure does Oskar take in an attempt to win Maria's heart?

10. Why did the citizens want to be present at the political rally?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why was Joseph Koljaiczek running from the law? Describe this event in detail. Is it likely that this event happened the way Oskar tells the story? Of the people Oskar is telling the story to, who truly believes him? Provide evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author use mythical characters and events to enhance the story? Choose one character or event, describe it in detail and provide support for why it is mythical.

Essay Topic 3

What did Oskar do or say that implicated him in the murder to Sister Dorothea? Provide concrete examples from the book. Discuss possible motivations for Oskar wanting to kill her.

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