maus quiz

Emily’s Maus quiz adds to a cultural and historical understanding of Spiegelman’s work.  I’m not looking for quizzes that test whether someone has read, but rather add an understanding of the reading.  This quiz is a great model to follow.

Topics mentioned in Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

1. Which of the following is a traditional Jewish dish that is made for special occasions and holidays such as Passover or Shabbat?
– Parshas Truma
– Gefilte Fish *
– Turkish Delight
– Chicken Kiev

2. The dish mentioned in the above question adheres to the avoidance of which of the 39 activities prohibited on the Hebrew holiday Shabbat?
– Reaping, which is to avoid harvesting plants
– Grinding, which is to avoid reducing something to a smaller size
– Borer, which is to avoid selection or choosing when picking the bones out of the food*
– Sifting, which is to avoid separating the better from the worse

3. What is the Jewish holiday Shabbat intended to celebrate?
– The seventh day of the week and a day of rest *
– The last day of Passover
– The equivalent of the Christian holiday Easter
– The last day of Jesus’ life on Earth

4. The Swastika was chosen as the Nazi symbol because it gained popularity in the Western world as a symbol for what?
– Love
– Happiness
– Luck *
– Eternity

5. Prior to its popularity in the Western world, the Swastika was a symbol used by several historic civilizations, what were they?
– First, the Indus Valley Civilization and later as a symbol for Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and other Indian religions
– First, Ancient Egypt and later as a symbol for Buddhism and other East Asian religions
– First, Mesopotamia and later as a symbol for Hinduism, Buddhism and Ancient Egypt
– First, Imperial China and later as a symbol for Buddhism, Hinduism, and other East Asian religions

6. The German phrase “Er Verblutete” means basically what?
– To die from a gun shot
– To bleed to death *
– To drown
– To choke to death

7. The unified German armed forces that existed during WWII were called what?
– Whermacht *
– Gestapo
– SS Officers
– Kristallnacht

8. Which term refers to a Jewish boy’s coming-of-age, traditionally celebrated at 13 years of age?
– Shabbat
– Brist
– Bar Mitzvah *
– Sabbath

9. During WWII, Germany annexed Poland into what pieces?
– Auschwitz and Birkenau
– Reich and Protectorate *
– East and West Berlin
– Jewish and German

10. The Yiddish phrase “Oy Gevalt” means basically what?
– Oh, God! *
– I’m hungry.
– Down with Hitler!
– Where’s the bathroom?

11. Which term refers generally to a German community or township, and is also considered in a religious context, a parish or commune? (The only English equivalent is the Mormon delineation “ward”.)
– Donnerstag
– Machen
– Gemeinde *
– Benutzen

12. The German word “Theresienstadt” refers to what?
– The historic “Night of Broken Glass”
– The modern German name for the Berlin Wall
– The train station outside the gates of Auschwitz passed through by many Jewish prisoners
– A concentration camp in the Czech Republic marketed as a Convalescent home during The Holocaust *

13. The Yiddish word “Meshugah” means basically what?
– In love
– Crazy *
– Hungry
– Frugal

14. Contrary to the popular usage definition in today’s colloquial English, Nazi leaders reorganized Jewish families into overcrowded guarded neighborhoods referred to as what?
– Concentration camps
– Projects
– Ghettos *
– Secure Housing

15. Based on your understanding of English words, the simple German phrases “gute idee” and “es ist kalt” likely mean what?
– “Good dog” and “I want candy”
– “Good idea” and “It is cold” *
– “Good cake” and “Is it fresh?”
– “Good joke” and “Did you write it?”

16. The German phrase “Arbeit Macht Frei”, placed over the entrance gates of Auschwitz, basically translates to what English phrase?
– The Germans are superior
– Albert makes fries
– Work will make you free *
– Power to the people

17. According to Maus, “Parshas Truma” is a specific reading from the Torah for a specific day of the year. During what week does this day typically fall?
– The first week of January
– The first week of February *
– The first week of November
– The first week of December

18. If you wanted to read the correct verses from the Torah for “Parshas Truma”, what verses would you read?
– Ezekiel 14:1 to 14:7
– Mark 1:1 to 1:27
– John 22:14 to 22:16
– Exodus 25:1 to 27:19 *

19. Though many people have heard of the historic night “Kristellnacht”, many have not heard of the less taught “Nacht der longen messer”, or Night of Long Knives, otherwise referred to as “Operation Hummingbird. What was the purpose of this night?
– Systematic murders by Nazis of opposing German political leaders *
– An organized march through Berlin in which all soldiers carried large sabers
– The night that Hitler committed suicide using multiple knives of exceptional length
– To move all of the Jewish prisoners from one camp to another using guards armed with long knives

20. Nazi Human Experimentation was so problematic that it led to the development of what modern day code of medical ethics?
– Hammurabi’s Code
– Nuremburg Code *
– Anaheim Code
– Weinstein Code

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