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 Elzbietka confess to Joseph in Chapter 8?

2. After Joseph tells Elzbietka what he will do if attacked, what does Elzbietka promise?

3. When the Tartars reach Krakow for the attack in 1241, what do they do?

4. What preparations does Kreutz make in his apartment after he hears the instructions given to Stas?

5. What is the scene Joseph sees when he first goes to explore the marketplace?

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

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

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. In Chapter 4, what occurs when the Charnetski family accompanies Jan Kanty to his home?

6. Describe the caravan from Chapter 1.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Did you like the author's use of science as he describes how Kreutz frightens Peter of the Button Face with the explosions? Why or why not? Was this combination of attacking with science believable? Was it consistent with the belief in magic at the time? Or do you think this scene was used by the author to prove that science triumphs over superstition and sorcery? Why or why not?

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

Why do you think the author used both fictional and non-fictional characters in the novel? Do you think it is confusing to combine true and made up characters? If you were tasked with writing a historical fiction novel, would you do it the same way that this author did? Why or why not?

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