The Last of the Just Short Essay - Answer Key

André Schwarz-Bart
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1. What rationale does Rabbi Yom Tov Levy offer for the mass murder and suicide he instigates?

Rabbi Yom Tov Levy justifies the mass murder and suicide by saying that God has given them life, and they can return it to him by their own hands, rather than allow the Christians to kill them.

2. What is the role of the Lamed-Vov, the Just Men?

The Just Men are the heart of the world, absorbing all human grief into themselves. They bear the sorrows of the world, and if even one of them were missing, the sufferings of mankind would extinguish all humanity.

3. What qualities of character does Brother Beast possess?

Brother Beast loves all animals and plants. He is unimpressed with the riches and gifts that are offered to him, and he does not wish to be called rabbi.

4. Why did others regard Mordecai as a fallen Levy?

Since Mordecai physically fought with the Polish bullies and used violence to get what he wanted, he was known as a "tough Jew," and accorded the sympathetic respect due to one who has fallen.

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