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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 call the members of The Association that pleases them?
2. Whose example does the farmer's wife who took him in encourage Ernie to follow?
3. Why did the Jews in Germany not believe the warning signs of their destruction?
4. Where did Ernie find work in 1943?
5. Why does Judith tell their donors that they should thank her?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Ernie describe Jesus?
2. Why is Ernie unable to fight to defend Jacob, even though he trains himself to do so?
3. What do the old men of The Association of Zemyock say it is useless to do with any Levy?
4. In Ernie's dream, what mistake does Judith make as she talks about the wedding?
5. What causes Mordecai to take up a weapon against the Nazi perpetrators?
6. Why do the children scream when the boxcar stops?
7. Why does Benjamin Levy say that to be a Jew is impossible?
8. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?
9. Why do the SS men torture Ernie for his request to enter the camp at Drancy?
10. Why does Judith tell the government offices from which she secures provisions that they should thank her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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