Mr. Coward and Mr. Brazil: 8th Grade English
Maus Study Questions: Chapter 3: "Prisoner of
War" (20 points total)
Why does Vladek leave Anja and Richieu? a) he was in
the Polish Reserves Army. b) he received a draft notice to report
for duty. c) Germany is ready to invade Poland. d) all of these.
Why doesn't Vladek's father want Vladek to join the army?
a) he did not want any of his sons to join the army. b) he had pulled
out 14 of his own teeth in order to avoid the army. c) When Vladek's
father was young, Polish people were drafted into the Russian Army, where
they had to serve for twenty-five years, in Siberia. d) all of the
As a soldier, Vladek fights in one battle. What does he do?
a) gets in trouble for having cold gun. b) gets in trouble for having warm
gun. c) shoots a "tree." d) gets captured. e) all of these.
On page 51, how does the German officer know that Vladek
is not used to physical labor?
What kind of work does Vladek do for the Germans?
( T / F ) Vladek is lazy: he works as little as he possibly
How often does "Parshas Truma" occur?
(3) List 3 important events in Vladek's life, which happened
during a "Parshas Truma" week.
In the "Parshas Truma" episode on pages 57 to 59, we see
an example of Vladek's sense of faith and fate. Later in the story,
we will see and hear a similar story about Vladek's "number". We see that
Vladek is being superstitious. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
Support your choice.
Where is Sosnowiec located? a) in the Reich.
b) in the Protectorate. c) in the part
of Poland which used to be part of Germany. d)
all of the above. e) both a and c.
Why does the Orbach family help Vladek? (support your opinion
with references to the text).
When a person pretends to belong to a different race or nationality,
we say they are trying
to "pass". Why is Vladek able to "pass" as a non-Jewish
Pole (Polish person)?
( T / F ) Vladek actually wears a "Polish" mask on the train.
(2) On page 65, we hear about Vladek's father being humiliated
by German soldiers.
Why did the Germans act that way? What motivations
might the Germans have had?
(3) What happens to Artie's coat? What motivates Vladek?
Why is Artie upset?