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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 Ernie do with Ilse that infuriates Hans Schliemann?
2. How does the Just Man designate Benjamin as his heir?
3. What question does Judith raise that Mordecai cannot answer?
4. What does Judith do when a soldier attacks Mordecai?
5. What does Moritz love best as a child?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Herr Kremer mean when he says the child is descended from the man?
2. How is Benjamin received by the Jews in Stillenstadt?
3. What causes Ernie to feel hatred for the first time?
4. What does Ernie have in common with the German boy he meets when he runs away from home?
5. How does Benjamin successfully market himself as a tailor?
6. Why did others regard Mordecai as a fallen Levy?
7. What drama takes place between Judith and Fraulein Blumenthal as children are born?
8. What does Ernie do to ease the emptiness in his heart after the beating?
9. What is the role of the Lamed-Vov, the Just Men?
10. Why does Herr Geek see the Jews as a threat to Germany?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay exploring the character and personality of Ernie. What motivates him as a child? As an adult? What does he want to do? Does he believe himself to be a Just Man? The author talks of the first death of Ernie. Are there more than one? More than two? Use specific examples from the story.
Essay Topic 2
The setting of this story is very specific, yet nothing is mentioned in this story of the rationale for hatred and mistreatment of the Jews in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. What reasoning enabled Germans and others to believe that Jews should properly be exported or exterminated? Using Internet research for your essay, explain the societal elements that allowed such an idea as the Final Solution to come into existence in an educated, civilized society.
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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