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 does Judith unwillingly consent to do for Mordecai?

2. What is Ernie first in at his school?

3. What were the Levys never able to identify about the Just Man in their family?

4. What does Benjamin send Ernie out of the tailor shop to find?

5. What does Ernie decide to do in response to his public disgrace?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What things does Mordecai believe to be incomprehensible?

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

9. What does Ernie think as he is surrounded by the Pimpfe bullies?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The author spends a large part of the book establishing a genealogy for Ernie that places him as the last of the Just Men. In your essay, select some of Ernie's ancestors and explain how the characteristics they demonstrated in their lifetimes are apparent in his actions.

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