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Study guide questions for Spiegelman's "Maus".

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Study guide questions for Maus I. Chapter one ? 1. Spiegelman presents us with the roller-skating episode from his childhood because it foreshadows the story that is ahead for Vladek and his friends, who he is going to experience the war with. The cartoon sets the mood for the whole story and shows the readers that Vladek?s friends weren?t the most reliable, and they might not be his friends after everything that he goes through. 2. Vladek dated two girls, Lucia Greenberg and Anja Zylberberg. Lucia came from a poor family and she was very controlling and obsessive. She got extremely close to Vladek, when he wasn?t as close as she was to him. Lucia wanted to get engaged, but Vladek didn?t feel the same connection with her. Anja on the other hand, was a clever girl who came from a rich family. Anja was less attractive than Lucia, but as Vladek started talking to her more and more, he started loving her. In the end, Vladek married Anja. Art?s father tells him to leave out the story of Lucia from his book, but Art stresses that it makes everything much more real and human. 3. In my opinion, there isn?t any sense of what was about to happen to Vladek, his family, and his people. ...read more.


Vladek?s relationship with Mala isn?t the best, but this may be because he is still so upset after losing the love of his life, Anja. Chapter four ? 1. When Vladek returns to his family, many obvious changes have taken place, including: a. Living arrangements ? 12 people had now been living in Vladek?s father-in-law?s house. b. Food ? food was much harder to get: they only received coupons for a little amount of food. c. Jewish businesses ? All of the jewish businesses had been taken over by ?Aryan managers.? d. Family furniture ? Vladek?s father-in-law had a nice new bedroom set that the German?s would have loved to take from him. They ended up selling it the German?s for a little extra cash to help out the family. 2. Vladek and Anja ultimately had gave Richieu to Ilzecki?s Polish friends to hide, after a year of keeping him with them but he didn?t make it through the war. 3. The four Jews that were hung in the square were guilty of dealing without coupons. 4. Anja?s family helped hide their 90 year old grandparents from being taken to Theresienstadt (a place in Czechoslovakia where all jews over 70 were transferred to). ...read more.


In their second home, the bunker was located above the upstairs bedroom, behind a false wall in the attic. 4. Haskel Spiegelman was Vladek?s cousin, a chief of the Jewish police. Vladek thought that Haskel was a ?kombinator,? a crook, because he was happy to take the jewels from Anja?s father, but he wouldn?t take the risk to save him and his wife. 5. Vladek gave Art a key to his safety deposit box. In it was a cigarette case and a 14 karat gold powder case that he hidden in the chandelier bunker in Srodula, and Anja?s diamond ring that she wanted Art to have for his wife. Chapter six ? 1. Vladek and Anja?s decision to hire smugglers to get them to Hungary was not the right decision because on their way to Hungary, the Gestapo raided the train and sent the family to Auschwitz. 2. Miloch, his wife, and their son hid at Mrs. Motonowa?s house. Ultimately, they went to hide with Mrs. Motonawa, where they stayed safe until the end of the war. 3. Vladek burned Anja?s diaries one day after she died because they had too many emotional memories. 4. As Volume I ends, Vladek and Anja had been separated in Auschwitz and they did not know if they would ever see each other again. ...read more.

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