The Last of the Just Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

André Schwarz-Bart
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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 had a professor from Berlin found under the moss of the rock?

2. What does Mordecai tell Ernie he will eventually begin to do as a Just Man?

3. What advertisement made Benjamin's tailoring shop a success?

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

5. How did Rabbi Yom Tov Levy get his people out of the besieged watchtower of York?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the old men of The Association of Zemyock say it is useless to do with any Levy?

2. Why are the old men of The Association of Zemyock surprised that Ernie has returned to them?

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

4. What drama takes place between Judith and Fraulein Blumenthal as children are born?

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

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

7. Why does Benjamin Levy say that to be a Jew is impossible?

8. Why does Yankel, the Galician, advise Benjamin to get out of Berlin?

9. Why does Judith tell the government offices from which she secures provisions that they should thank her?

10. Why does Ernie decide he does not want to join the movements that are fighting back against the Nazis?

Essay 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

This author dedicates many pages of his story to dream sequences. For your essay, select one of the major dreams that Ernie has and interpret the dream, its relation to his waking life, and the author's possible purpose for including the dream in the story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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