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 Matzerath force Oskar's mother to eat?

2. What does Oskar say he does to make it through his day?

3. What does Oskar tell the gang his name is?

4. During their conversation at the beginning of the book, where does Oskar say Bruno "derived all his inspiration"?

5. A man at the circus tells Oskar he stopped growing at what age?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Board of Health want to commit Oskar?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What was fizz powder used for and how was it used?

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

8. While at the beach, Oskar and his family meet a fisherman who is using a horse head to fish. What happens to Oskar's mother when she sees the horse head?

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

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.?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

War is an underlying theme in this book. How does the author discuss the war? Does this description provide an adequate background for the story?

Essay Topic 3

What did the the skat cards represent and how did these representations play out throughout the book? Provide a detailed explanation for which character the cards represented and how it tied into their personality.

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