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. Despite the fact that he knows he might die as he faces the Tartars in 1241, what does the trumpeter decide to do?

2. In what year do the Tartars attack Poland?

3. Why is Krakow is a safe haven?

4. What does Pan Andrew say to Joseph when Joseph asks what is lighting up the room?

5. After hearing Pan Andrew's story, what advice does Jan Kanty provide?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the oath that the trumpeter takes.

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

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

5. Describe the Tartars.

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

7. What are the aspects of Pan Andrew's job?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the fire. Discuss how the solution today for putting out fires is the same as the solution was in the Middle Ages. Compare today's methods of solving the problem with the methods of solving the problem in the Middle Ages. Do you think that the Middle Ages' method of putting out fires was smart and effective? Other than to teach a historically accurate event, why do you think the author goes to such great lengths to describe the methods of putting out the fire?

Essay Topic 2

How do you feel about the fact that Elzbietka cannot study at the University because she is female? Did this add to the plot line? Does it seem strange that Joseph doesn't know the reason for her not being allowed to study? Why would the author have handled this particular issue in this manner?

Essay Topic 3

What historical understanding about the Middle Ages did you gain from reading this novel? Do you think that this type of history presentation is an effective way of teaching the subject matter? Why or why not? Would you have preferred to learn about Krakow from a text book?

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