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 Oskar expect to receive for Christmas?

3. What type of people does Greff prefer?

4. How long does the troupe entertain at Metz?

5. While on his way home from the church one night, where does Oskar go to avoid the gang?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Oskar's involvement in the criminal acts committed by the Dusters?

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

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

4. What does Oskar do when he does not receive drums for Christmas?

5. During the skat game, Bronski loses because of what distraction?

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

7. What does Rasputin teach Oskar?

8. 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.?

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

10. Oskar spends a lot of time talking about his family history. One significant member of his family is Jan Bronski. How is Jan related to Oskar's mother and how does Oskar describe this character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Does Bruno believe Oskar's stories? Why or why not? Provide examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Is it possible that Oskar was real? Why or Why not? If Oskar was not real, who was the man in the mental hospital? Explain your answer with evidence from the book.

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