The Last of the Just Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Ernie do with Ilse that infuriates Hans Schliemann?

2. How does Ernie prepare himself for the pain of a Just Man's life?

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

4. Why does Ernie decide that he cannot be a Just Man as he cleans his wounds after the bullying?

5. What does Mordecai determine to teach Ernie while Ernie is still young?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does Ernie attribute Golda's modest wishes?

2. What causes Ernie to feel hatred for the first time?

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

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

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

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

7. What causes Mordecai to take up a weapon against the Nazi perpetrators?

8. Why does Judith tell the government offices from which she secures provisions that they should thank her?

9. What qualities of character does Brother Beast possess?

10. What is the role of the Lamed-Vov, the Just Men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The setting of this story is very specific, yet nothing is mentioned in this story of the rationale for hatred and mistreatment of the Jews in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. What reasoning enabled Germans and others to believe that Jews should properly be exported or exterminated? Using Internet research for your essay, explain the societal elements that allowed such an idea as the Final Solution to come into existence in an educated, civilized society.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay exploring the character and personality of Ernie. What motivates him as a child? As an adult? What does he want to do? Does he believe himself to be a Just Man? The author talks of the first death of Ernie. Are there more than one? More than two? Use specific examples from the story.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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