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 comes to the farm a few weeks after Piri's new sister is born?

2. Where did Father expect his battalion to go?

3. What was Piri's routine while her father was away?

4. What did Rozsi say in her letters home?

5. What was Piri's baby sister named?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What news did Piri get from Lilli?

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

4. Why did Babi distrust Farenc?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Piri's relationship with Farenc.

10. What were the children doing when Piri entered fifth grade?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

How does Piri handle the fact that her parents were repeatedly asked to send her away from the war, but did not--and paid the price with their own lives? How does Piri overcome the guilt that comes with having survived something the others did not? Even if the guilt is not explicitly mentioned, if you guess that it's there, how does it change your reading of the memoir?

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