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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. Ernie thinks falling in love can lead to ________________.
2. In his isolation from his family and companions, what does Ernie decide to become?
3. What does Ernie pray will be taken from his heart on his dream wedding day?
4. What was Golda's impossible desire?
5. To the Germans the Levys are Jews, but what are they to the French?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?
2. In Ernie's dream, what mistake does Judith make as she talks about the wedding?
3. To what does Ernie attribute Golda's modest wishes?
4. What were the Jews told to take with them into the "Baths and Inhalations"?
5. Why is Ernie unable to fight to defend Jacob, even though he trains himself to do so?
6. How does Ernie describe Jesus?
7. Why did the colored identity cards give the Jews a false sense of security?
8. What does Ernie say to comfort the children in the boxcar?
9. What part does the music of the band play in the successful extermination of the Jews?
10. Why does Ernie decide he does not want to join the movements that are fighting back against the Nazis?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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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