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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. While the Jewish children in Germany are being taught self-destruction, what are the German children taught?
2. What happens to hundreds of German Jewish boys in 1934?
3. What do the Jews continue to do in 1943 despite ever-increasing danger?
4. What does Ernie dream as he is being repaired in the Jewish hospital?
5. What do the SS officers tell the Jewish prisoners that the men will be doing?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do the SS men torture Ernie for his request to enter the camp at Drancy?
2. Why is Ernie unable to fight to defend Jacob, even though he trains himself to do so?
3. What does Ernie say to comfort the children in the boxcar?
4. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?
5. What change does touching Melanie make in Ernie?
6. How was it possible that the majority of the condemned Jews realized what was happening to them only once inside the gas chambers?
7. What changes does Madame Trochu make when she understands that Ernie is a Jew?
8. What causes Mordecai to take up a weapon against the Nazi perpetrators?
9. Why does Judith tell the government offices from which she secures provisions that they should thank her?
10. What happens to Ernie in the infirmary where he is put to recover from his torture session?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The author often uses a sardonic tone describing, for instance, the "kind" treatment of the detainees by the German guards. In your essay, find examples of this tone and explain why you think the author used it. What effect did it have on you as a reader?
Essay Topic 3
Covering a sweeping time period, Schwarz-Bart draws some scenes in great detail. For your essay, select a scene such as the one where Ernie is hurt so badly by Frau Turszynski's torment that he has to step forward to protest, or the scene where he has a normal childhood conversation with a German peasant child. Explain what your scene contributes to our understanding of Ernie and the world in which he is living.
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