Mr. Coward and Mr. Brazil: 8th Grade English
Maus Study Questions: Chapter 5: "Mouse Holes"
(35 points total)
(2) List two reasons why is Artie unwilling to help Vladek
fix the drain pipe?
(2) Why is Vladek unfriendly to Artie on page 98? What is
going on here?
( T / F ) On pages 100 to 103, Anja is presented to us as
the antagonist of the story.
( T / F ) Those pages allow us to see that Artie views his
mother Anja with ambivalence.
Do you think that Vladek ever views Anja with ambivalence?
Support your viewpoint.
(2) Why does Anja's suicide seem so much more disturbing
to us than the other deaths we have seen in Maus? Do the "mouse
faces" allow us to reconcile those earlier deaths?
(2) Why do you think Art Spiegelman chose to include "Prisoner
on the Hell Planet" in Maus? Couldn't he have just mentioned that
comic, instead of showing it to us?
Is Maus a better book, because Art Spiegelman chose to share
his mother's suicide?
Support your opinion now, then return to this question
after reading all of Maus II.
The Village of Srodula, in 1943, is converted to this by
the German occupiers.
( T / F ) Wolfe's Uncle Persis is a collaborator with the
( T / F ) Wolfe's Uncle Persis uses his power wisely, and
genuinely tries to help the Jewish Community in Zawiercie.
(2) What do the previous questions help you understand about
the we labels we place on one another? Vladek despises collaborators;
yet he admires Uncle Persis. How can this be?
(3) How does Richieu die? What is Tosha's motivation?
How does Vladek feel about this?
(4) Describe three separate hide-away bunkers that we see
in Chapter 5. Which works best?
(2) What happens to the informer who betrays Vladek's family?
What was your reaction?
(2) Vladek does not approve of his Cousin Haskel?
Is it just because Haskel is always looking for ways to make a profit?
(like Vladek, himself). Or is more going on here?
(4) Vladek calls Haskel a "Kombinator." What does he
mean by this? Give two examples of
Haskel acting like a "Kombinator." What term might
we use today to describe him?
(3) How do Vladek and Anja escape from Srodula? Did
this surprise you? Why or why not?