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. What did Piri see in the river the morning after the battle?

3. How did Babi prepare for the holiday?

4. What did Piri get to do when she arrived in Beregszasz?

5. What did the woman find in the place Mother took her to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What political event ends Chapter 8?

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

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

4. How did Beregszasz change for Piri's family?

5. Describe Piri's return to Beregszasz.

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

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

8. Describe Piri's relationship with Farenc.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

How does Siegal distinguish the memoir genre from the novel? How is 'Upon the Head of a Goat' literary in spite of itself? What novelistic features does 'Upon the Head of a Goat' have (allusions, foreshadowing, symbols, plotting) and how does Siegal make attempts to keep the writing real and urgent and true to life?

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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