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. What musical instrument does Golda play?

2. What did the SS man instruct the prisoners that the gas in the bathhouse would do?

3. What does the SS aide say that Ernie's case reminds him of?

4. What did Ernie review in the infirmary as he recovered from his torture?

5. How was Golda's leg injured when she was a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What causes the Levy family the first tinge of fear that life in France will be the equivalent of their lives in Germany?

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

4. What does Ernie say to comfort the children in the boxcar?

5. What causes Mordecai to take up a weapon against the Nazi perpetrators?

6. What were the Jews told to take with them into the "Baths and Inhalations"?

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

8. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?

9. How was it possible that the majority of the condemned Jews realized what was happening to them only once inside the gas chambers?

10. To what does Ernie attribute Golda's modest wishes?

Essay Topics

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 spends a large part of the book establishing a genealogy for Ernie that places him as the last of the Just Men. In your essay, select some of Ernie's ancestors and explain how the characteristics they demonstrated in their lifetimes are apparent in his actions.

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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