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

Memoirs like Elie Wiesel's Night, or Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 'Day in the Live of Ivan Denisovich' detail the goings on inside of concentration camps. This memoir stops at the moment when those stories would have begun. How does this ending point affect the shape of Siegal's narrative? Is there a tension between the memoir as a recollection of childhood, and a recollection of a horrific experience? How does Siegal both include and avoid the experience of the concentration camp itself?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of the scapegoat as Mr. Shuster describes it gives the goat a ritual importance--what other rituals take place in the book, and how are sins--or blessings--transferred into or out of the community?

Essay Topic 3

How does the calendar of Jewish and Christian holidays give structure to 'Upon the Head of a Goat'? How does Piri's family celebrate the holidays, and how are their celebrations affected by the war?

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