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Krystynas Story - How Well Do You Know The Text? - Quiz

These questions were written by a year 11 English class to check their knowledge of some of the details of the historical novel, 'Krystyna's Story' by Halina Ogonowska-Coates.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What did Krystyna smell in the morning when she woke up at her home in Poland?

    • A.

      Her pigs.

    • B.

      Freshly cooked bread.

    • C.

      Cabbage soup

    • D.

      Trains

    Correct Answer
    B. Freshly cooked bread.
    Explanation
    She remembered the pigs from her childhood, but the smell of bread was the first thing that she smelt in the morning.

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  • 2. 

    How long did Krystyna and her family have to pack their belongings when the Soviets came to take them away?

    • A.

      No time

    • B.

      5 minutes

    • C.

      30 minutes

    • D.

      1 day

    Correct Answer
    C. 30 minutes
    Explanation
    Krystyna and her family had only 30 minutes to pack their belongings when the Soviets came to take them away. This suggests that they were given a very short notice and were forced to leave their home in a hurry. The limited time given to pack indicates the urgency and possibly the unexpected nature of the situation.

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  • 3. 

    Where did Krystyna live in Poland?

    • A.

      In Warsaw

    • B.

      In the countryside near the eastern border

    • C.

      In a small town

    • D.

      On a boat

    Correct Answer
    B. In the countryside near the eastern border
    Explanation
    Krystyna lived in the countryside near the eastern border of Poland. This is evident from the information provided in the question.

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  • 4. 

    Complete the quotation: "My childhood was ____ but there are little pockets of ____ that remain so clearly."

    • A.

      Happy.... sadness

    • B.

      Short....joy

    • C.

      Sad.... joy

    • D.

      Short.... memory

    Correct Answer
    D. Short.... memory
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "short.... memory". This quotation suggests that the person's childhood was brief or fleeting, but there are certain memories or moments that still stand out vividly in their mind. These memories hold a significant place in their recollection of their childhood, despite its brevity.

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  • 5. 

    Where were Krystyna and her family sent when they were first taken from Poland?

    • A.

      New Zealand

    • B.

      Auschwitz

    • C.

      Moscow

    • D.

      Siberia

    Correct Answer
    D. Siberia
    Explanation
    Krystyna and her family were sent to Siberia when they were first taken from Poland.

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  • 6. 

    What did the prisoners gather from under the trees to eat in the Siberian autumn?

    • A.

      Mushrooms

    • B.

      Dead badgers

    • C.

      Lettuce

    • D.

      Carrots

    Correct Answer
    A. Mushrooms
    Explanation
    In the Siberian autumn, the prisoners gathered mushrooms to eat. Mushrooms are a common food source that can be found in forests during this season. They are rich in nutrients and can be cooked or eaten raw, making them a viable option for sustenance in the harsh Siberian environment. Dead badgers, lettuce, and carrots are not mentioned as being gathered by the prisoners, making mushrooms the most logical choice for their food source.

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  • 7. 

    What covered Marysia's body when she died?

    • A.

      A ball gown

    • B.

      Rags

    • C.

      Moss

    • D.

      An army greatcoat

    Correct Answer
    B. Rags
    Explanation
    Marysia's body was covered in rags when she died. This suggests that she was in a state of poverty or destitution at the time of her death. Rags are often associated with being worn-out and tattered, indicating a lack of resources or the inability to afford proper clothing. It is possible that Marysia was unable to afford a ball gown or any other form of decent clothing, further emphasizing her disadvantaged circumstances.

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  • 8. 

    What job did Krystyna do to be close to Feliks?

    • A.

      Nail technician

    • B.

      Washing the floors

    • C.

      Cooking the soup

    • D.

      Carrying buckets of faeces

    Correct Answer
    D. Carrying buckets of faeces
    Explanation
    Krystyna carried buckets of faeces in order to be close to Feliks. This suggests that she was willing to do unpleasant and dirty work just to be near him.

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  • 9. 

    When the train taking the Polish prisoners stopped, what was thrown off?

    • A.

      Rubbish

    • B.

      People who wanted to get off

    • C.

      Buckets of faeces

    • D.

      Bodies

    Correct Answer
    D. Bodies
    Explanation
    The question asks what was thrown off the train when it stopped. The correct answer is "Bodies." This suggests that the train was transporting deceased individuals, possibly victims of a tragic event or prisoners who had died during transportation.

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  • 10. 

    How did Krystyna feed Feliks when he was injured and sick and under the house?

    • A.

      She stole food for him

    • B.

      She chewed up his bread for him and mixed it with water

    • C.

      She didn't

    • D.

      She bought him mushrooms

    Correct Answer
    B. She chewed up his bread for him and mixed it with water
    Explanation
    When Feliks was injured and sick and trapped under the house, Krystyna took care of him by chewing up his bread and mixing it with water. This shows her compassion and dedication to helping him even in difficult circumstances. By doing this, she ensured that he had a way to eat and stay nourished despite his injuries.

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  • 11. 

    Why did the Soviets let the Poles leave the camps?

    • A.

      Because they felt bad for what they had done

    • B.

      The Americans and British made them

    • C.

      Because the Germans invaded the USSR

    • D.

      No-one knows

    Correct Answer
    C. Because the Germans invaded the USSR
    Explanation
    The correct answer is because the Germans invaded the USSR. The Soviets allowed the Poles to leave the camps as a strategic move to gain their support in fighting against the German invasion. By releasing the Poles, the Soviets aimed to form a Polish army that would fight alongside them against the common enemy. This decision was driven by the need for allies and the desire to strengthen their forces against the German forces.

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  • 12. 

    Who was in the train with Krystyna when she left the camp?

    • A.

      No-one

    • B.

      Her father

    • C.

      Mama and Danuta

    • D.

      Feliks

    Correct Answer
    C. Mama and Danuta
    Explanation
    Krystyna was accompanied by her mother and Danuta when she left the camp. This implies that there were two people, specifically her mother and Danuta, who were with Krystyna on the train.

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  • 13. 

    Who died on the train journey from Russia?

    • A.

      Feliks

    • B.

      Father

    • C.

      Danuta

    • D.

      Mama

    Correct Answer
    D. Mama
    Explanation
    Mama died on the train journey from Russia.

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  • 14. 

    Who became Krystyna's friend after she lost her family?

    • A.

      Andrzej

    • B.

      Mikhail

    • C.

      Feliks

    • D.

      Danuta

    Correct Answer
    A. Andrzej
    Explanation
    After Krystyna lost her family, Andrzej became her friend.

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  • 15. 

    What made Krystyna happy during her time in the Pahiatua camp?

    • A.

      She knew there would be food in the morning, she got to have a bath and she was given a uniform that she was proud of.

    • B.

      She had a uniform that she liked, she had a good routine, she made nice friends.

    • C.

      She didn't like anything

    • D.

      She loved New Zealand food, she liked the clean air and she made nice friends.

    Correct Answer
    A. She knew there would be food in the morning, she got to have a bath and she was given a uniform that she was proud of.
    Explanation
    Krystyna was happy during her time in the Pahiatua camp because she had a routine where she knew there would be food in the morning. She also enjoyed the opportunity to have a bath, which provided a sense of cleanliness and comfort. Additionally, she was given a uniform that she was proud of, which likely boosted her self-esteem and made her feel a sense of belonging and identity.

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  • 16. 

    Why were the soldiers surprised by the refugee children?

    • A.

      They wouldn't smile even though they gave the children gifts.

    • B.

      They were so ragged.

    • C.

      They were so violent and angry all the time.

    • D.

      Their language sounded strange.

    Correct Answer
    A. They wouldn't smile even though they gave the children gifts.
    Explanation
    The soldiers were surprised by the refugee children because despite giving them gifts, the children did not smile. This suggests that the soldiers expected the children to show gratitude or happiness in response to the gifts, but their lack of smiles indicated that they were not experiencing joy or satisfaction. This unexpected reaction may have been the reason for the soldiers' surprise.

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  • 17. 

    Krystyna said that the Pahiatua camp was "like a little____. We want to _____ ______."

    • A.

      Russia, get away.

    • B.

      Siberia, escape here

    • C.

      Poland, stay here

    • D.

      New Zealand, stay here

    Correct Answer
    C. Poland, stay here
    Explanation
    Krystyna's statement suggests that the Pahiatua camp was similar to a small version of Poland, and that they wanted to remain there. This implies that the camp provided a sense of familiarity and comfort for the people, possibly due to shared cultural backgrounds and a sense of community.

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  • 18. 

    What is the importance of Mr Shanahan?

    • A.

      He looked after the girls and gave them a second chance

    • B.

      He was cruel and showed them how mean New Zealanders were

    • C.

      He abused the Polish girls

    • D.

      He's not important to the story

    Correct Answer
    A. He looked after the girls and gave them a second chance
    Explanation
    Mr Shanahan's importance lies in the fact that he took care of the girls and provided them with a second chance. This suggests that he played a significant role in their lives, possibly as a mentor or guardian figure. His actions demonstrate kindness and compassion, highlighting his importance in the story.

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  • 19. 

    What is the name of the place in Timaru that Krystyna stayed?

    • A.

      Rongotai College

    • B.

      Reservoir College

    • C.

      The camp

    • D.

      Siberia

    Correct Answer
    B. Reservoir College
    Explanation
    Krystyna stayed at Reservoir College in Timaru.

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  • 20. 

    What did Krystyna learn while she was staying in Timaru?

    • A.

      How to speak English

    • B.

      What happened to her father

    • C.

      How to bake bread

    • D.

      How to ride a bicycle

    Correct Answer
    D. How to ride a bicycle
    Explanation
    Krystyna learned how to ride a bicycle while she was staying in Timaru. This suggests that during her time there, she acquired the skill of riding a bicycle, possibly through lessons or practice.

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