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. The official ___________ myth is that 700,000 Arabs fled their homes in 1948, freely giving up their rights.

2. A Syrian prisoner of war wept when he realized that the kibbutzim were not the ___________ he had 'known' them to be.

3. ____________ is comfortable to both sides as everyone knows unambiguously whom to hate.

4. Opinion polls in 2002 fluctuated around the 50% mark among Israelis over whether they could accept an independent ___________ state next door.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What leads to paranoia about what might be said by Arabs on the television or on the radio?

3. What does Freij tell Shipler about his feelings of the Jews in regards to culture?

4. What happens when the Israelis grow too grand to perform manual labor in their society?

5. Where is the Israelis' rejection of Palestinianism shown, according to Shipler?

6. What is a 13-year-old Jewish boy called when he says that he is upset with the anti-Arab bigotry in his school?

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

8. Why it is sometimes advantageous to be an outsider, according to Shipler?

9. How do Jews seem to differentiate among Arabs according to survey data that Shipler examines?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Children are taught from a young age to hate those who are not like them, with school lessons even talking about who to fear.

Part 1: Do you think it's right to teach children to fear a certain group of people? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think lessons about other races are necessary in schools? Why or why not?

Part 3: Are there ways to teach children about other races in an unbiased fashion? 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

The description of another Holocaust taking place is shocking to many readers, but not to others.

Part 1: Do you believe that other Holocausts are occurring right now? Why or why not?

Part 2: How does the practice of Holocaust-like prison camps help a society?

Part 3: What does it say about society that Holocaust-like camps are still in existence?

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