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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 is Ernie first in at his school?
2. Why does Mordecai Levy advise the village girl he meets to be kind to him?
3. What does Moritz love best as a child?
4. What does Benjamin attempt to give the villagers but finds he cannot?
5. What does the ancient text say is the role of Israel in the world?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Ernie have in common with the German boy he meets when he runs away from home?
2. What does Ernie think as he is surrounded by the Pimpfe bullies?
3. Why is Jacob not consoled when Ernie promises to "spring" at the Hitler Youth if they bother the little boy?
4. What solution does Moritz think would relieve the Jews of the danger involved in going to the synagogue.
5. What does Ernie do to ease the emptiness in his heart after the beating?
6. What does Herr Kremer mean when he says the child is descended from the man?
7. When Hitler becomes Chancellor of the Reich, what decision of her own does Judith regret?
8. Why does Ilse Bruckner have to end her relationship with her friend Ernie?
9. What rationale does Rabbi Yom Tov Levy offer for the mass murder and suicide he instigates?
10. Why doesn't Ernie sing with his class when Herr Geek orders him to do so?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The position of a Just Man in the world is complex, and it takes the child Ernie some time to understand what he is supposed to do on behalf of his fellow man. Using explanations given by Mordecai and others, as well as actions by the Just Men, explain in your essay what they do for humanity.
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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