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. To whom does Joseph hear the Tartars praying?

2. What is the name of the fortress and castle of the king of Poland on a hill above the Vistula River?

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

4. Who lives above the Charnetskis?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. In Chapter 9, is Peter of the Button Face successful in obtaining the treasure?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author uses both foreshadowing and suspense throughout the book. Explain which one is more effective as a literary device, which one you enjoy reading more, and reasons why.

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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