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Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

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?

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?

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