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. Why does Mordecai Levy advise the village girl he meets to be kind to him?

2. What advertisement made Benjamin's tailoring shop a success?

3. Who is Woden?

4. What does the ancient text say is the role of Israel in the world?

5. Whom does Ernie decide he will represent as a Just Man if people reject him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Benjamin received by the Jews in Stillenstadt?

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

3. Why does Ilse Bruckner have to end her relationship with her friend Ernie?

4. What drama takes place between Judith and Fraulein Blumenthal as children are born?

5. How does Mordecai answer the question of why the Just Man dies in bed, rather than in martyrdom?

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

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

8. What rationale does Rabbi Yom Tov Levy offer for the mass murder and suicide he instigates?

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

10. What does Ernie have in common with the German boy he meets when he runs away from home?

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

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.

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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