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. How long did Mother and Mrs. Gerber wait without seeing their husbands?

2. How was Piri soothed after she saw frightening things?

3. What happened when the boys chased Piri and Iboya?

4. What was Mother's connection to Mrs. Gerber?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Zionist meetings Piri attended.

2. How did the family handle Lujza's death?

3. What were the family's options for escaping after Lujza's death?

4. What news did Piri get from Lilli?

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

6. How did Iboya's work affect the family?

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

8. Why was Mother upset with Piri over Dr. Feher's death?

9. Describe Piri's return to Beregszasz.

10. What upset Piri's mother in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'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?

Essay Topic 2

In Piri's account, what is the cause of the Holocaust that killed 11 million people? Was it simply Anti-Semitism, or does she attribute her family's experiences to other cultural phenomena? How important is it for her to find causes, anyway? If finding causes is not important to her, what is more important? Bearing witness? Testifying? Externalizing the experience?

Essay Topic 3

How does the calendar of Jewish and Christian holidays give structure to 'Upon the Head of a Goat'? How does Piri's family celebrate the holidays, and how are their celebrations affected by the war?

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