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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. How does Benjamin view Jewish suffering?
2. What was the "Final Solution"?
3. What lifesaving device was distributed to all workmen except Jews?
4. Whose example does the farmer's wife who took him in encourage Ernie to follow?
5. What do the Jews of Proskurov do to save themselves from persecution?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Mordecai say it would be useless to leave Germany?
2. What details alert Ernie to the fact that the passengers will never leave this place?
3. What surprising request does Ernie make of the gendarmes at Drancy?
4. How was it possible that the majority of the condemned Jews realized what was happening to them only once inside the gas chambers?
5. Why do the SS men torture Ernie for his request to enter the camp at Drancy?
6. What causes Mordecai to take up a weapon against the Nazi perpetrators?
7. What causes the Levy family the first tinge of fear that life in France will be the equivalent of their lives in Germany?
8. Where did the Nazis tell the Jews they were going in the boxcars?
9. What does Ernie do to turn himself into a dog?
10. What do the old men of The Association of Zemyock say it is useless to do with any Levy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay exploring the character and personality of Ernie. What motivates him as a child? As an adult? What does he want to do? Does he believe himself to be a Just Man? The author talks of the first death of Ernie. Are there more than one? More than two? Use specific examples from the story.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
All stories are either plot-driven, relying upon the action of the story to maintain interest, or character-driven, where the most important story element is the changes that take place in the lives of the characters. In your essay, tell whether you think The Last of the Just is plot-driven or character-driven. Substantiate your position with examples and illustrations from the text.
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