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 say he does to make it through his day?

2. What type of existence does Oskar live after his mother's death?

3. What does Oskar insist the gang do with their weapons?

4. Why does Oskar think his mother becomes more religious?

5. What type of people does Greff prefer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Did Oskar think his baptism was successful? Why or why not?

3. Why does Greff fall into despair in Chapter 25?

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

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

6. How does Oskar interpret the invitation of Jan Bronski's father to Kurt's baptism?

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

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. What do Oskar's family try to get him to do after Bronski was taken by the soldiers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Matzerath and Oskar's mother join the Nazi Party. Discuss the implications of joining the German Nazi Party. How does this affect or interfere with their relationship with Bronski?

Essay Topic 3

Oskar is able to scream loud enough to make glass shatter. What are his motivations for this behavior? How does Oskar's glass breaking screaming change as he gets older? Does he ever stop this behavior?

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