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. What does Joseph tell Elzbietka that he will do if he is every attacked in the tower?

2. Where does Joseph find his family a place to stay?

3. When the Polish people hear the word "Tartar," they:

4. What is the stranger's real name?

5. After they leave Jan Kanty's house, what does Joseph's father tell him he can keep?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Joseph catch the wolf dog in Chapter 2?

2. Describe how the people of Poland feel when they hear that the Tartars are marching toward their land?

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

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

5. Why do the Polish people decide not to defend Krakow and let the Tartars pillage their city?

6. Describe the Tartars.

7. Describe why the last note the trumpeter plays is broken.

8. List some of the things that Joseph sees and hears as he first sets his sights on the city in Chapter 2.

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

10. In Chapter 5, when Kanty and the Charnetski family go to the lodgings Joseph has found, what do they witness on their way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the fact that the peasants' dependence upon agriculture as described in the book exacerbates the conflict between superstition and science in the novel?

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

Compare and contrast Nicholas Kreutz and Johann Tring. Is Johann Tring truly evil, or does he just misunderstand the power of superstition? Why do you think the author portrays Kreutz as powerless against the trances of Tring? Do you think the author should have handled this conflict differently?

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