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. Who accompanies the Charnetski family and Jan Kanty to their new dwelling in Chapter 5?

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

4. As he ponders the attack on Krakow, of what is the trumpeter proud?

5. What do the people do when they hear the Tartars' approach in 1241?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Peter of the Button Face plan to break into Pan Andrew's apartment and steal the treasure in Chapter 9?

2. 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?

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. 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?

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

6. Provide some characteristics of the new lodgings for the Charnetski family.

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

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

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

10. How does Joseph know that the stranger is an enemy in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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