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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 had a professor from Berlin found under the moss of the rock?

2. What does Mordecai tell Ernie he will eventually begin to do as a Just Man?

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

4. What did the Jewish elders find worst about World War I?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the old men of The Association of Zemyock say it is useless to do with any Levy?

2. Why are the old men of The Association of Zemyock surprised that Ernie has returned to them?

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

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

7. Why does Benjamin Levy say that to be a Jew is impossible?

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

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

10. Why does Ernie decide he does not want to join the movements that are fighting back against the Nazis?

Essay 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

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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