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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 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

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.

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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