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. According to Mordecai, what does the death of a Just Man change in the order of the world?

2. How does Ernie reflexively defend himself against the bullying of the Pimpfe?

3. How does the family avoid attack on the way to the synagogue?

4. Who are the Pimpfe?

5. Why does Mordecai say their hearts are not entirely Jewish?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did others regard Mordecai as a fallen Levy?

2. How does Mordecai answer the question of why the Just Man dies in bed, rather than in martyrdom?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Ernie have in common with the German boy he meets when he runs away from home?

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

9. What things does Mordecai believe to be incomprehensible?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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