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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 did the signs directing the prisoners to the baths say?
2. Where did Ernie tell the children they would find happiness?
3. What did Ernie review in the infirmary as he recovered from his torture?
4. What animal does Ernie ultimately dream he becomes?
5. What is a brioche?
Short Essay Questions
1. What details alert Ernie to the fact that the passengers will never leave this place?
2. What part does the music of the band play in the successful extermination of the Jews?
3. What surprising request does Ernie make of the gendarmes at Drancy?
4. What do the old men of The Association of Zemyock say it is useless to do with any Levy?
5. Why does the French army captain think that Ernie should not be allowed to continue as a soldier?
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. To what does Ernie attribute Golda's modest wishes?
8. Why does Ernie decide he does not want to join the movements that are fighting back against the Nazis?
9. Why did the colored identity cards give the Jews a false sense of security?
10. What causes the Levy family the first tinge of fear that life in France will be the equivalent of their lives in Germany?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
The author maintains verisimilitude,which is the appearance of reality, for his story by interspersing fictional scenes with events that actually took place. In your essay, discuss this method. Select examples from the book which contributed to making the story seem like fact, rather than fiction, and tell how the author accomplishes the willing suspension of disbelief that is required for a reader to accept a fictional story as true.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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