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 the village girl point out to Mordecai Levy?

2. What does Ernie decide that he is after the bullying by the Plimpfe?

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

4. What does Moritz love best as a child?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Judith blame herself for the death of three of her sons?

5. When Hitler becomes Chancellor of the Reich, what decision of her own does Judith regret?

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

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

8. How does Judith recognize Mordecai as a Just Man?

9. Why does Judith object to Mordecai telling stories to Ernie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate this story in terms of tone and mood. Is it unrelentingly dark? Are there funny scenes? Are there lovable characters? Are all of the non-Jews evil? How does the author keep his reading audience from being overwhelmed by despair at this story? Use concrete examples and quotations from the story to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Everyone in Ernie's family has a different view of God and what the deity will or will not do for humans. In your essay, discuss the contrasts among the various understandings of God.

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