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. Where did Mother and Mrs. Gerber wait for their men?

2. What did Mother do as soon as she got Piri home?

3. What did Piri's disappointment tell her about the larger culture?

4. What did Farenc reveal to Piri?

5. Who is Lajos?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Piri's return to Beregszasz.

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

3. Describe Piri's family's friendship with Mrs. Gerber.

4. Describe Piri's departure from Komjaty.

5. Describe Father's visit home.

6. How did current events affect the Passover holiday?

7. Why did Babi distrust Farenc?

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

9. Why did Piri's mother express concern over Rozsi?

10. What political event ends Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate your own reading of 'Upon the Head of a Goat'--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

That are the most important, or prevalent symbols or metaphors in 'Upon the Head of a Goat'? The notion of the sacrificial animal is introduced at the beginning, but what other imagery or motifs does Siegal employ in 'Upon the Head of a Goat'? How does she add to the meaning of the book with symbolic associations?

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