The Last of the Just Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

André Schwarz-Bart
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Yankel, the young Galician, do when he saw the parade of fascists?

2. What does Judith unwillingly consent to do for Mordecai?

3. According to Mordecai, what does the death of a Just Man change in the order of the world?

4. What do the German children hate most about Ernie?

5. Why does Ernie remain calm through the Pimpfe's cruel treatment of him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What solution does Moritz think would relieve the Jews of the danger involved in going to the synagogue.

2. Why do Mordecai and Judith decide that Benjamin is like a mosquito?

3. What things does Mordecai believe to be incomprehensible?

4. What causes Ernie to feel hatred for the first time?

5. Why does Judith object to Mordecai telling stories to Ernie?

6. Why does Herr Geek see the Jews as a threat to Germany?

7. Why is Jacob not consoled when Ernie promises to "spring" at the Hitler Youth if they bother the little boy?

8. Why does Yankel, the Galician, advise Benjamin to get out of Berlin?

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

10. How does the child Ernie come to feel that he is in charge of those around him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author maintains verisimilitude,which is the appearance of reality, for his story by interspersing fictional scenes with events that actually took place. In your essay, discuss this method. Select examples from the book which contributed to making the story seem like fact, rather than fiction, and tell how the author accomplishes the willing suspension of disbelief that is required for a reader to accept a fictional story as true.

Essay Topic 2

Authors write for many purposes such as to entertain, to inform, to persuade, or some combination of these. In your essay, explain which purpose you believe motivated Schwarz-Bart to write this story. Use specific examples from the book itself to substantiate your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

This author dedicates many pages of his story to dream sequences. For your essay, select one of the major dreams that Ernie has and interpret the dream, its relation to his waking life, and the author's possible purpose for including the dream in the story.

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