Mr. Coward and Mr. Brazil: 8th Grade English
Maus Study Questions: Chapter 4: "The Noose
Tightens" (10 points total)
Maus Chapter 4: "Vocabulary Words" True/False A-Go-Go:
(15 points total)
(2) In Chapter 4, on page 77, we see Vladek dealing in the
"black market". How does he make money this way? Why would
there be laws making this illegal?
On page 79, why is Anja's father "so unhappy!" He has
already been cheated out of his factories. Why would a bit of furniture
upset him so much?
(2) On page 82, we hear the term "ghetto". What does
that word mean to you? What did it mean to the Jews in Poland?
(3) On 83, why are the men/mice hanging? Who are those
men/mice? What was their crime?
(2) After seeing his business associates hanging, why does
Vladek continue with his "black market" dealings? Does he consider
his dealings to be immoral or just illegal?
( T / F ) Vladek knew Mala, back when he and Anja lived in
Poland. (hint: see page 11).
( T / F ) Vladek's subjective opinion is that he had a very
happy marriage with Anja.
( T / F ) Vladek's subjective opinion is that he has a very
happy marriage with Mala.
( T / F ) Vladek is a diligent, fussy, old man with many
( T / F ) An objective observer might view questions 2, 3,
and 4 differently than Vladek.
( T / F ) According to your own subjective opinion, Vladek
is an easy guy to live with.
( T / F ) Question 6 has only one right answer.
( T / F ) Brother-in-law Wolfe collaborates with the Nazi
( T / F ) Vladek would rather risk his own life, and
Richieu's, than collaborate with Nazi's.
( T / F ) You could consider the situation in question 9
( T / F ) In Maus, we see that Germans and
(non-Jewish) Poles discriminate against Jews.
( T / F ) In Maus, we see the Germans devise many
ways to segregate the Jews in Poland.
( T / F ) Vladek can dissemble gracefully, even in very dangerous
( T / F ) Vladek's father will probably die if he chooses
to help his daughter Fela.
( T / F ) Fela and her children will probably die, even if
Vladek's father tries to help them.