Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 Test | Final 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 happened to Dr. Feher?

2. What did the family name the goat?

3. What did mother argue for at the ghetto?

4. Who was NOT part of Piri's gang of friends?

5. At times, where did Iboya go instead of volunteering?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where would Iboya spend time outside the house?

2. Describe the trip mother took on Manci's behalf.

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

4. Describe the group of children with whom Piri spent her time.

5. How did Piri's schooling change as a result of the Germans' policies?

6. Where were the Jews concentrated by the Germans?

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

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

9. Describe the circumstances of Lujza's death.

10. Describe the family's departure for the ghetto.

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

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch with passages from the book.

Essay Topic 3

For writers like Kafka, the absurdity and insanity of the concentration camp became a metaphor for the modern world as a whole. He barely survived in it. How does Siegal portray the insanity of the times? What philosophy does she develop that lets her keep going? How does Siegal define the different and the different temperaments that took the events in stride or broke beneath them?

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