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. What political alliance took place at the end of Chapter 9?

2. How did the war affect Piri's father's position?

3. What had Mother failed to do when she came home at the beginning of Chapter 8?

4. Why was Piri cut off from her family at the beginning of Chapter 3?

5. Where was the woman from?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did current events affect the Passover holiday?

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

3. Why did Farenc agree to help Piri and her family?

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

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

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

7. What bad news did Farenc deliver during one visit?

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

9. Where does 'Upon the Head of a Goat' begin?

10. What did Father expect to happen after his battalion passed through Beregszasz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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