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. How does Benjamin defend the apostate who returns to Judaism?

2. How did Rabbi Yom Tov Levy get his people out of the besieged watchtower of York?

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

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

5. How does Ernie reflexively defend himself against the bullying of the Pimpfe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What qualities of character does Brother Beast possess?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Ernie think when he feels no pain from the bumps and gashes he has suffered?

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

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

10. What does Ernie's act of stepping forward to protest the treatment of Frau Tuszynski cause Mordecai to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If Ernie is the last of the 36 Just Men to exist in world history, what does this tell you about the author's hopes for the future of the world? In your essay, explain why you think he takes this position.

Essay Topic 2

Covering a sweeping time period, Schwarz-Bart draws some scenes in great detail. For your essay, select a scene such as the one where Ernie is hurt so badly by Frau Turszynski's torment that he has to step forward to protest, or the scene where he has a normal childhood conversation with a German peasant child. Explain what your scene contributes to our understanding of Ernie and the world in which he is living.

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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