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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. How does Ernie's family learn that the squadron of anti-Semites is coming?
2. What is Ernie first in at his school?
3. Why was the Rock of Woden famous?
4. What does Jacob do to avoid being recognized as a Jew on the way to the synagogue?
5. What does Mordecai tell Ernie he will eventually begin to do as a Just Man?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did others regard Mordecai as a fallen Levy?
2. What does Ernie think as he is surrounded by the Pimpfe bullies?
3. Why is Jacob not consoled when Ernie promises to "spring" at the Hitler Youth if they bother the little boy?
4. What is the role of the Lamed-Vov, the Just Men?
5. Why does Judith object to Mordecai telling stories to Ernie?
6. What "mysterious" change takes place in Benjamin after Mordecai and Judith join him in Stillenstadt?
7. What rationale does Rabbi Yom Tov Levy offer for the mass murder and suicide he instigates?
8. Why does Herr Geek see the Jews as a threat to Germany?
9. What does Ernie do to ease the emptiness in his heart after the beating?
10. Why does Yankel, the Galician, advise Benjamin to get out of Berlin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Six million Jews is a very large number of people. Had they determined that it was appropriate to fight their oppressors, they could possibly have overpowered them. Why didn't they fight back? Use examples of their thoughts and actions in the story to substantiate your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
The author puts himself into the story more than once. In your essay, find the moments in which the author shares his own feelings with the reader, and evaluate this device. Does he belong in the story? Why or why not? Is he sharing his feelings because they are similar to yours? What ultimately gives him relief from the grief he experiences as he composes this story?
Essay Topic 3
The position of a Just Man in the world is complex, and it takes the child Ernie some time to understand what he is supposed to do on behalf of his fellow man. Using explanations given by Mordecai and others, as well as actions by the Just Men, explain in your essay what they do for humanity.
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