The Last of the Just Test | Final Test - Hard

André Schwarz-Bart
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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. Who takes Ernie's attention from Golda as they travel in the freight car?

2. What does Ernie tell Golda Christians have done with the cross of Christ?

3. What unusual request does Ernie make of the gendarmes in Drancy?

4. What penance does Ernie impose upon himself for not loving the farmer's wife who took him in?

5. Why were the passengers in the freight car hoping for rain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the old men of The Association of Zemyock surprised that Ernie has returned to them?

2. Where did the Nazis tell the Jews they were going in the boxcars?

3. What happens to Ernie in the infirmary where he is put to recover from his torture session?

4. What part does the music of the band play in the successful extermination of the Jews?

5. What does the author find "admirable" about German education during the years before the Final Solution of Jewish extermination?

6. Why is Ernie unable to fight to defend Jacob, even though he trains himself to do so?

7. What does Ernie do to turn himself into a dog?

8. Why does Madame Trochu, the farmer's wife, distrust Ernie?

9. Why does Judith tell the government offices from which she secures provisions that they should thank her?

10. What do the old men of The Association of Zemyock say it is useless to do with any Levy?

Essay Topics

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

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

An author has the option to write from the point of view of a particular character, a limited point of view in which he is able to explain the thoughts of some characters, or to write from an author omniscient point of view, in which he is able to explicate the thoughts of all of the characters. Which author point of view has Schwarz-Bart used in this story? Has he really understood the ideas and motivations of the Nazis? In your essay, validate your opinion with examples from the text.

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