The Trumpeter of Krakow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Eric P. Kelly
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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. When Joseph returns to the marketplace to give his family the news about their possible lodgings, what is the scene he sees?

2. What distresses Kreutz as he listens to Tring?

3. What is the name provided as the stranger approaches the individual wagon in the caravan?

4. Krakow welcomes which group of people?

5. When Joseph first hears the trumpeter play from the Church of Our Lady Mary, what surprises him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what Joseph Charnetski does and what he realizes when the stranger initially rides up to him while in the caravan in Chapter 1.

2. What was the meeting between Joseph and Stas like in the courtyard as described in Chapter 6?

3. In Chapter 2, what does Pan Andrew Charnetski tell the guard when he arrives at the palace gates and what is the guard's response?

4. In Chapter 9, is Peter of the Button Face successful in obtaining the treasure?

5. Explain how the Polish people feel as they have to leave their villages because they know the Tartars are arriving.

6. In Chapter 8, Stas identifies Joseph and Elzbietka to a stranger. What information does he provide to the stranger?

7. Describe the Tartars.

8. Explain why many people seek Jan Kanty's advice.

9. What is Joseph's father being accused of in Chapter 3?

10. What does the reader learn about the stranger in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think about the throwing of the crystal into the river? Why do you think the author concludes in this manner? Do you think the act of throwing the crystal away is symbolism for a cultural belief? If so, what do you think that symbolism is?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the author presents the social class structure in Krakow in 1461. Does the author's description of these social classes sound like it was an effective way of conducting society? Does his description make it sound like an individual could easily change social classes? Give examples to support your conclusion.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the conflict between superstition and science in the novel. Do you think this was an important issue to the author? What is he trying to portray by returning to this conflict? Does the conflict seem relevant to the main theme of the novel?

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