Maus:A Survivor's Tale Part 1

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Maus is a graphic novel by the renowned American writer, Art Spiegelman. The book is basically an interview between the author and his father on survival. Have you read the book? Do you remember all about it? Find out below.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What do we gain from the deeply personal perspective of Vladek’s memories? What gets left out? (12.5 pts)

  • 2. 

    Why is Art so interested in his father’s story? How does the experience of writing his father’s story shed light on his tense relationship with his father? (12.5pts)

  • 3. 

    What are some of the broader historical and ethical issues in representing the Holocaust? (12.5pt)

  • 4. 

    The title of the book is My Father Bleeds History. What might be a reason for this title?

    • A.

      The father is often in battles and fights many fights in the book

    • B.

      The father is a survivor of a very difficult time in history, therefore history is 'in his blood'

    • C.

      The father gets into many fights with his son, and he constantly makes his son feel guilty regarding the past

    • D.

      The son has a great deal of sympathy for his father because of the battles he has fought.

    Correct Answer
    B. The father is a survivor of a very difficult time in history, therefore history is 'in his blood'
    Explanation
    The reason for the title "My Father Bleeds History" is that the father is a survivor of a very difficult time in history, which implies that history is deeply ingrained in his being and has left a lasting impact on him. The phrase "bleeds history" suggests that the father's experiences and struggles during that time have become a part of his identity, emphasizing the significance of his historical background.

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  • 5. 

    The book is dedicated to 'Anja'. Who is Anja?

    • A.

      His father's wife at the telling of the story

    • B.

      His mother

    • C.

      His father's first wife

    • D.

      Both b and c

    Correct Answer
    D. Both b and c
    Explanation
    Anja is both the mother and the father's first wife. This implies that the book is dedicated to both the mother and the father's first wife.

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  • 6. 

    What country is the father from?

    • A.

      Czechoslovakia

    • B.

      Poland

    • C.

      Germany

    • D.

      Austria

    Correct Answer
    B. Poland
    Explanation
    The answer to the question "What country is the father from?" is Poland. This can be inferred from the given options, where each option represents a different country. Since the correct answer is Poland, it can be concluded that the father is from Poland.

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  • 7. 

    The telling of the story is done using mice, pigs and cats. What do the mice represent in the story and why?

    • A.

      The mice represent the Jewish population because they were chased out of Europe and had to find many ways to survive, like mice do

    • B.

      The mice represent the Polish population because they were destroyed by the 'cats' of Germany

    • C.

      The mice represent the non-military citizens who helped the Jewish population survive the war

    • D.

      The mice represented the Jewish population because they were cute and talented creatures

    Correct Answer
    A. The mice represent the Jewish population because they were chased out of Europe and had to find many ways to survive, like mice do
    Explanation
    The mice represent the Jewish population because they were chased out of Europe and had to find many ways to survive, like mice do. This explanation suggests that the mice symbolize the Jewish people who were persecuted and forced to flee their homes during World War II. Like mice, they had to navigate through difficult and dangerous situations in order to survive. This interpretation highlights the resilience and resourcefulness of the Jewish population during this time.

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  • 8. 

    Each chapter of the story is told as visits by Art to see his father, Vladek. One of the stories his father tells him is of his time as a soldier. How did his father get into the military?

    • A.

      He was drafted at the age of 22 after being deferred for a year after being too thin

    • B.

      He volunteered at the age of 22 after convincing his dad he wanted to join

    Correct Answer
    A. He was drafted at the age of 22 after being deferred for a year after being too thin
    Explanation
    In the given answer, it is mentioned that Vladek was drafted into the military at the age of 22. This means that he was selected and required to serve in the military, most likely due to the mandatory conscription policy of the country. It is also mentioned that he was deferred for a year because he was too thin, indicating that there were certain physical requirements for military service. This explanation aligns with the information provided in the question.

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