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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. Who overruns and destroys the Levys' village?
2. What does Ernie win for good performance in school?
3. What does Ernie do with Ilse that infuriates Hans Schliemann?
4. What does Ernie decide to do in response to his public disgrace?
5. How does Benjamin defend the apostate who returns to Judaism?
Short Essay Questions
1. What rationale does Rabbi Yom Tov Levy offer for the mass murder and suicide he instigates?
2. Why is Jacob not consoled when Ernie promises to "spring" at the Hitler Youth if they bother the little boy?
3. What does Ernie do to ease the emptiness in his heart after the beating?
4. What does Benjamin imagine will happen to the Jews as they become acquainted with Germans?
5. What does Ernie think as he is surrounded by the Pimpfe bullies?
6. What does Ernie have in common with the German boy he meets when he runs away from home?
7. Why does Judith object to Mordecai telling stories to Ernie?
8. What does Ernie's act of stepping forward to protest the treatment of Frau Tuszynski cause Mordecai to do?
9. What drama takes place between Judith and Fraulein Blumenthal as children are born?
10. How does Mordecai answer the question of why the Just Man dies in bed, rather than in martyrdom?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The author maintains verisimilitude,which is the appearance of reality, for his story by interspersing fictional scenes with events that actually took place. In your essay, discuss this method. Select examples from the book which contributed to making the story seem like fact, rather than fiction, and tell how the author accomplishes the willing suspension of disbelief that is required for a reader to accept a fictional story as true.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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