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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 was the "Final Solution"?
2. What does Ernie realizes he lacks when he enters the street in his dream?
3. Why did the Jews in Germany not believe the warning signs of their destruction?
4. How did the SS officers calm and reassure the prisoners upon their arrival?
5. What happened to Ernie's face as he gained weight?
Short Essay Questions
1. What were the Jews told to take with them into the "Baths and Inhalations"?
2. How does Ernie describe Jesus?
3. Why do the children scream when the boxcar stops?
4. Why did the colored identity cards give the Jews a false sense of security?
5. What details alert Ernie to the fact that the passengers will never leave this place?
6. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?
7. What causes Mordecai to take up a weapon against the Nazi perpetrators?
8. What do the old men of The Association of Zemyock say it is useless to do with any Levy?
9. What change does touching Melanie make in Ernie?
10. Where did the Nazis tell the Jews they were going in the boxcars?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Benjamin declares that being a Jew is impossible. In your essay, explain the ways in which the Jews in this story are different from other human groups. How are they identified? How do they see themselves among other people? What does Benjamin mean when he says it is impossible?
Essay Topic 2
If Ernie is the last of the 36 Just Men to exist in world history, what does this tell you about the author's hopes for the future of the world? In your essay, explain why you think he takes this position.
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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