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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 Ernie prepare himself for the pain of a Just Man's life?
2. What does Benjamin attempt to give the villagers but finds he cannot?
3. When Benjamin's hand bleeds, what do his fellow workers think about their cruelty?
4. What does Herr Kremer believe is more powerful than politics?
5. What is Ilse Bruckner first in at Ernie's school?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Judith blame herself for the death of three of her sons?
2. What does Ernie's act of stepping forward to protest the treatment of Frau Tuszynski cause Mordecai to do?
3. Why does Ilse Bruckner have to end her relationship with her friend Ernie?
4. How does Judith recognize Mordecai as a Just Man?
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. What does Ernie think when he feels no pain from the bumps and gashes he has suffered?
8. How is Benjamin received by the Jews in Stillenstadt?
9. What is the role of the Lamed-Vov, the Just Men?
10. What does Benjamin imagine will happen to the Jews as they become acquainted with Germans?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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