The Last of the Just Test | 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 does the village girl point out to Mordecai Levy?

2. Who are the Pimpfe?

3. What occupation does Mordecai Levy take up after harvesting potatoes?

4. What does Moritz recommend to avoid persecution?

5. What do the German children hate most about Ernie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What details alert Ernie to the fact that the passengers will never leave this place?

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

3. Why does Madame Trochu, the farmer's wife, distrust Ernie?

4. How was it possible that the majority of the condemned Jews realized what was happening to them only once inside the gas chambers?

5. What does Benjamin imagine will happen to the Jews as they become acquainted with Germans?

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

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

8. Why is Ernie unable to fight to defend Jacob, even though he trains himself to do so?

9. What does Ernie say to comfort the children in the boxcar?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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