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 the stranger tell a group of people Pan Andrew did that makes them angry?

2. What has Joseph learned to do by the time fall arrives?

3. What is the trumpeter thinking when he sees the fierce men looking up at him after the attack on Krakow?

4. Who tries to steal something from the Charnetski apartment?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the chief glory of the city of Krakow as it is explained in the Epilogue.

2. Describe the Tartars.

3. As of 1928, as described in the Epilogue, why do people go to the city of Krakow?

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

5. What is the threat Peter of the Button Face gives to Joseph before Michael the Snake takes Joseph from the tower in Chapter 11?

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

7. Describe how the people of Krakow put out fires in general and in Chapter 14.

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

9. After Peter and his men are arrested and Joseph returns to the tower in Chapter 12, what is it that confuses Pan Andrew?

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

Do you think that Peter of the Button Face's bargain with the king was fair? Do you think the king should have let Peter go in exchange for information? Or do you think he should have punished him more severely? Why do you think the king would have believed that Peter would never return to Poland again?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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