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 is the oath taken by the trumpeter?

2. What is the most accurate description of the Tartars' appearance?

3. At the palace gate, what suggestion does the guard give to Pan Andrew?

4. What is unusual about one of the wagons in the caravan?

5. What does the stranger offer to buy from Pan Andrew Charnetski?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, after the stranger offers to buy the item sitting in Pan Andrew's wagon, what happens?

2. Explain how the city of Krakow reacts to the villagers fleeing.

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

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

5. In Chapter 8, what reason does Joseph give Elzbietka for why the scholar they see is not speaking at the University?

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

7. Explain the feelings of the trumpeter as he plays for the last time.

8. Describe the tower from which Pan Andrew has to perform his job.

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

10. In Chapter 7, on the night that Elzbietka tells Joseph that Johann Tring is with her uncle, what else does she tell him about Kreutz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast culture and academics in Krakow in 1462 with the culture and academics in Krakow in 1928 at the time of the author's writing. Are they all that different? Why do you think that modern culture has roots that extend to times of centuries gone by?

Essay Topic 2

The author emphasizes the importance of tradition in the lives of the Polish and Ukrainian people. Why do you think the author emphasized tradition in the novel? Was he just accurately describing the priorities of Polish people, or are there elements of symbolism apparent?

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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