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

2. What is "Berlin Madness"?

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

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

5. Why does Benjamin decide not to tell his wife that he is a Just Man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Benjamin successfully market himself as a tailor?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What "mysterious" change takes place in Benjamin after Mordecai and Judith join him in Stillenstadt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are moments in this story when Ernie is happy. In your essay, identify and explain the moments that cause him to briefly experience happiness. Do they make his life better or worse? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

The author often uses a sardonic tone describing, for instance, the "kind" treatment of the detainees by the German guards. In your essay, find examples of this tone and explain why you think the author used it. What effect did it have on you as a reader?

Essay Topic 3

Schwarz-Bart includes a number of characters who represent wide segments of society in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. In your essay, select two or three characters such as the nurse in the infirmary, the farmer's wife, the young Galician, or Herr Geek and explain what purpose they serve in presenting the reader with a panoramic viewpoint of the culture at that time.

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