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. Why does Ernie join the street gang?

2. Why does Ernie decide that he cannot be a Just Man as he cleans his wounds after the bullying?

3. How does Chaim Levy attract the children of the village where he lives?

4. What does a Just Man do with the pain of others, according to Mordecai?

5. What does Ilse Bruckner promise Hans Schliemann when they leave Ernie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ernie do to turn himself into a dog?

2. What does Ernie do to ease the emptiness in his heart after the beating?

3. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?

4. Why does the French army captain think that Ernie should not be allowed to continue as a soldier?

5. Why does Judith blame herself for the death of three of her sons?

6. What causes the Levy family the first tinge of fear that life in France will be the equivalent of their lives in Germany?

7. What change does touching Melanie make in Ernie?

8. Why does Ilse Bruckner have to end her relationship with her friend Ernie?

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

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

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

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 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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