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. Whom did Iboya go with to these clandestine gatherings?

2. Why did Manci need to be picked up?

3. Lajos was accused of ____________.

4. Why was Piri mad at Iboya, now that Iboya was working?

5. Who was Gari Weiss?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Piri's development into womanhood.

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

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

4. Describe the ultimatum the Germans issued to the Jewish community.

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

6. How did the political scene change in Hungary?

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

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

9. How did the incident with Lilli change Piri's mother?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

That are the most important, or prevalent symbols or metaphors in 'Upon the Head of a Goat'? The notion of the sacrificial animal is introduced at the beginning, but what other imagery or motifs does Siegal employ in 'Upon the Head of a Goat'? How does she add to the meaning of the book with symbolic associations?

Essay Topic 2

'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 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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