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. Why did the Jews refuse to work in Polish factories when the country industrialized?

3. When Benjamin's hand bleeds, what do his fellow workers think about their cruelty?

4. What does Mordecai do in response to Ernie's act of heroism in protecting Frau Tuszynski?

5. What did Judith call Benjamin's affliction when they arrived at Stillenstadt?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Judith blame herself for the death of three of her sons?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

All stories are either plot-driven, relying upon the action of the story to maintain interest, or character-driven, where the most important story element is the changes that take place in the lives of the characters. In your essay, tell whether you think The Last of the Just is plot-driven or character-driven. Substantiate your position with examples and illustrations from the text.

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