Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who was Shimi Stern?

2. What was Piri's baby sister named?

3. What happened when the boys chased Piri and Iboya?

4. What happened when Farenc and reaction saw each other the first time?

5. Where were Father and Lajos at the beginning of Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Piri and Iboya's encounter with the armed young men.

2. Describe the Zionist meetings Piri attended.

3. Describe the ultimatum the Germans issued to the Jewish community.

4. What message did Mother get from Lajos' parents?

5. Describe Piri's parents' visit to Komjaty.

6. How did Piri get food and supplies in Beregszasz?

7. How did the political scene change in Hungary?

8. What happened when Piri's mother inquired into sending the girls to America?

9. How did Piri's schooling change as a result of the Germans' policies?

10. What upset Piri's mother in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

To what extent is this merely a story of Piri's self-discovery, in which she learned to pay attention to her own impressions and acquired a knowledge of adult facts like injustice and suffering and the relativity of human ideas? How much is Piri the subject of her own memoir? What other topics compete with herself?

Essay Topic 2

Does 'Upon the Head of a Goat' have a moral, and if so, what is it? How is it conveyed? How is it arrived at, in a narrative that provides contrary views and values?

Essay Topic 3

For writers like Kafka, the absurdity and insanity of the concentration camp became a metaphor for the modern world as a whole. He barely survived in it. How does Siegal portray the insanity of the times? What philosophy does she develop that lets her keep going? How does Siegal define the different and the different temperaments that took the events in stride or broke beneath them?

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