2002 Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David K. Shipler
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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. Sometimes, being ____________ is advantageous because there is no legacy of long standing antagonism.

2. The Arab-Israeli dispute is _________, but fundamentalism fans the flames.

3. The author observes that a "great tangle of nonsense grows from a seed of __________."

4. Shipler seeks to catalog the ___________ each side has of the other side.

5. Some Arabs make an intellectual effort to discredit Jewish claims to _______________ in the land.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Shipler discuss as being the goal of terrorism amongst the Jews and Arabs?

2. And finally, what is Shipler's third goal for this book and for the reading audience as a whole?

3. Where was Shipler wandering in the streets at the start of this book and its narrative?

4. Why does the Arab side of the argument lack a spokesperson for reason?

5. What is the first goal of Shipler as he strives to create a main discussion for this book?

6. Shipler discusses the naivety of what official Israeli strategy as a means of evaporating Palestinian national aspirations?

7. How are the Arab youth being affected by the actions of the Israeli police?

8. What are some of the ways in which Jews typically stereotype Arabs as noted in the book?

9. Why is it said that conflict is comfortable to both sides of this area?

10. Why does the virulent bigotry in books, fiction and journalism not have much affect on the Arabs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A boy who did not agree with the anti-Arab bigotry in his school was called a traitor.

Part 1: Why do you think this Jewish boy was labeled a traitor?

Part 2: How else might the group have responded to the statement of the boy?

Part 3: Do you think the Jewish boy in today's world and in this classroom might face the same feedback? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Wars can create horrific results, but they also produce heroes as well as a chance to defend one's beliefs.

Part 1: Do you think war is the only solution in some situations? Why or why not?

Part 2: What do you think about the idea of war heroes? Do you believe someone fighting in a war is always a hero? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think you would ever feel called to fight in a war? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Muslim Israeli-Arabs are kept out of the draft, but the army is where people go to move up the social and economic ladder, thus they do not have a chance to excel in society.

Part 1: Why do you think military experience is so valuable in society?

Part 2: Do you think that including the Muslim Israeli-Arabs in the draft would be harmful to the army? Why or why not?

Part 3: Since the Muslim Israeli-Arabs are never going to excel in society, do you think they want to help the society at all? Why or why not?

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