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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 tell Golda Christians have done with the cross of Christ?
2. What is Vernichtungswissenschaft?
3. What does Ernie believe is written on his face?
4. What did the signs directing the prisoners to the baths say?
5. What did the Nazi officer do with Golda's musical instrument?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Ernie say to comfort the children in the boxcar?
2. Why does Ernie decide he does not want to join the movements that are fighting back against the Nazis?
3. What causes the Levy family the first tinge of fear that life in France will be the equivalent of their lives in Germany?
4. What does the author find "admirable" about German education during the years before the Final Solution of Jewish extermination?
5. In Ernie's dream, what mistake does Judith make as she talks about the wedding?
6. What part does the music of the band play in the successful extermination of the Jews?
7. What were the Jews told to take with them into the "Baths and Inhalations"?
8. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?
9. What happens to Ernie in the infirmary where he is put to recover from his torture session?
10. Why does Mordecai say it would be useless to leave Germany?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Authors write for many purposes such as to entertain, to inform, to persuade, or some combination of these. In your essay, explain which purpose you believe motivated Schwarz-Bart to write this story. Use specific examples from the book itself to substantiate your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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