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. How long did Mother and Mrs. Gerber wait without seeing their husbands?

2. What did Rozsi say in her letters home?

3. How did Piri's family celebrate Hanukkah?

4. How did Babi prepare for the holiday?

5. Who is the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Farenc's return to Babi's farm.

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

3. What political event ends Chapter 8?

4. Describe Piri's departure from Komjaty.

5. What did Piri learn from the letter that came from her parents in Beregszasz?

6. What was strange to Piri about Babi's distrust?

7. What did Babi want Mother and Father to do with the children, and what was Mother's response?

8. Describe the family's Hanukkah.

9. What conflict does Piri witness?

10. How did Piri's mother react to this encounter with the group of boys?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Piri's mother is the hero of the book, as she gives without thinking of herself, and her only selfishness is the early decision to keep the family together. How does Piri reflect the influence of her mother, her grandmother, and Babi? Who else exerted a strong influence on Piri so that her writing and her description of herself reflect it?

Essay Topic 2

Based on the experiences described in 'Upon the Head of a Goat', would you send your children away from your home at the first scent of trouble, or would you keep them with you, in hoped that conditions would improve? When would you try to find them safer places? How would you endure the separation?

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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