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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. Why is the village upset when Chaim Levy has more than one son?
2. What are Jews called in Herr Kremer's school?
3. What does the ancient text say is the role of Israel in the world?
4. Why does Ernie join the street gang?
5. What does Ilse Bruckner do for Ernie?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Judith object to Mordecai telling stories to Ernie?
2. What does Ernie's act of stepping forward to protest the treatment of Frau Tuszynski cause Mordecai to do?
3. What qualities of character does Brother Beast possess?
4. Why is Jacob not consoled when Ernie promises to "spring" at the Hitler Youth if they bother the little boy?
5. When Hitler becomes Chancellor of the Reich, what decision of her own does Judith regret?
6. Why does Herr Geek see the Jews as a threat to Germany?
7. What causes Ernie to feel hatred for the first time?
8. What is the role of the Lamed-Vov, the Just Men?
9. What does Ernie think when he feels no pain from the bumps and gashes he has suffered?
10. Why does Judith blame herself for the death of three of her sons?
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
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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