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 Herr Geek force the Jewish children to do?

2. What were the Levys never able to identify about the Just Man in their family?

3. Why was the Rock of Woden famous?

4. Why is Chaim's son, the Just Man, called Brother Beast?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What causes Ernie to feel hatred for the first time?

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

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

7. What does Herr Kremer mean when he says the child is descended from the man?

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

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

10. How does the child Ernie come to feel that he is in charge of those around him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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