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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 have to sew to stay with The Association?
2. How does Ernie respond when reprimanded by the doctor for telling the children their experience was just a dream?
3. What does the SS aide say that Ernie's case reminds him of?
4. What does Ernie smell as he gets out of the boxcar?
5. What does Ernie feel toward his whole family as he lies in the hospital bed?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Ernie unable to fight to defend Jacob, even though he trains himself to do so?
2. Why does Mordecai say it would be useless to leave Germany?
3. What were the Jews told to take with them into the "Baths and Inhalations"?
4. Why does the French army captain think that Ernie should not be allowed to continue as a soldier?
5. In Ernie's dream, what mistake does Judith make as she talks about the wedding?
6. What does the author find "admirable" about German education during the years before the Final Solution of Jewish extermination?
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. Why does Ernie compare himself to a cat?
10. How does Ernie describe Jesus?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
Covering a sweeping time period, Schwarz-Bart draws some scenes in great detail. For your essay, select a scene such as the one where Ernie is hurt so badly by Frau Turszynski's torment that he has to step forward to protest, or the scene where he has a normal childhood conversation with a German peasant child. Explain what your scene contributes to our understanding of Ernie and the world in which he is living.
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