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 did Piri know about the political situation in 1939?

2. In what voice is 'Upon the Head of A Goat' narrated?

3. What did Piri receive as a gift?

4. What was Mother's response to this incident?

5. Who were the Hungarians fighting when Piri was on the farm?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What political event ends Chapter 8?

7. Describe Piri's return to Beregszasz.

8. Describe Piri's parents' visit to Komjaty.

9. Describe the family's Hanukkah.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does 'Upon the Head of a Goat' have a moral, and if so, what is it? How is it conveyed? How is it arrived at, in a narrative that provides contrary views and values?

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

'Upon the Head of a Goat' is obviously a coming of age tale. To what extent is Piri initiated into the world of the Holocaust, and to what extent is she initiated into the world of her family? What lessons is Piri learning throughout 'Upon the Head of a Goat', and what is the sphere where they are meant to be meaningful?

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