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 Joseph and Elzbietka turn on to the Street of Pigeons after Elzbietka's question about women studying, who identifies them to someone else?

2. What does the stranger offer to Stas for agreeing to spy on Joseph's family?

3. By what name do the Polish people know the stranger?

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

5. Immediately following the fight, what decision does the stranger have to make?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Joseph catch the wolf dog in Chapter 2?

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

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

5. Describe why the last note the trumpeter plays is broken.

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

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

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

9. Describe the caravan from Chapter 1.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think about the throwing of the crystal into the river? Why do you think the author concludes in this manner? Do you think the act of throwing the crystal away is symbolism for a cultural belief? If so, what do you think that symbolism is?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the author presents the social class structure in Krakow in 1461. Does the author's description of these social classes sound like it was an effective way of conducting society? Does his description make it sound like an individual could easily change social classes? Give examples to support your conclusion.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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