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 do the German children hate most about Ernie?

2. What does Moritz love best as a child?

3. What does Mordecai Levy have to do to keep his potato harvesting job?

4. What keeps Ernie from success in committing suicide?

5. What does Yankel, the young Galician, tell Benjamin happens to his tongue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What things does Mordecai believe to be incomprehensible?

2. What causes the Levy family the first tinge of fear that life in France will be the equivalent of their lives in Germany?

3. What does Ernie do to turn himself into a dog?

4. What qualities of character does Brother Beast possess?

5. When Hitler becomes Chancellor of the Reich, what decision of her own does Judith regret?

6. Why do the SS men torture Ernie for his request to enter the camp at Drancy?

7. What part does the music of the band play in the successful extermination of the Jews?

8. How does Judith recognize Mordecai as a Just Man?

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

10. Why does the French army captain think that Ernie should not be allowed to continue as a soldier?

Essay 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

An author has the option to write from the point of view of a particular character, a limited point of view in which he is able to explain the thoughts of some characters, or to write from an author omniscient point of view, in which he is able to explicate the thoughts of all of the characters. Which author point of view has Schwarz-Bart used in this story? Has he really understood the ideas and motivations of the Nazis? In your essay, validate your opinion with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Benjamin declares that being a Jew is impossible. In your essay, explain the ways in which the Jews in this story are different from other human groups. How are they identified? How do they see themselves among other people? What does Benjamin mean when he says it is impossible?

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