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. When the stranger gives Stas instructions in Chapter 9, what is Stas' only task?

2. What is the new last name of the Charnetski family?

3. Krakow welcomes which group of people?

4. In the midst of all the destruction after the attack on Krakow, there is one Polish person left alive. Who is it?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Describe the Tartars.

4. Describe the agreement that Elzbietka and Joseph make to one another when in the tower in Chapter 8.

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

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

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

8. What are some of the things that Joseph notices when he spies on Tring and Kreutz in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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