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. Israelis were disappointed that the Arab TV show wasn't broadcast in the West so that the viewers could see how _______ the Arabs are.

2. Rumors spread of a ___________ accomplice and foreign tourists fitting that description are rounded up for questioning.

3. The Jewish feel that the Arabs understand only a language of __________ and soft-handed policies will fail.

4. Acts of violence lead to ___________, worst case assumptions and calls for retribution.

5. The opening at the beginning of the book is a wandering of the streets of ____________ from sunrise to high noon.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do Arabs have to say about Jews in their own stereotypes of this culture?

4. What is the recurring theme in the examples that Shipler provides in terms of how the Arabs are portrayed in the media?

5. What does Shipler say a great tangle of nonsense grows from in this chapter?

6. Where does Shipler note that the stereotypes of Arabs are depicted in the everyday culture?

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

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

9. What is the second goal of Shipler for this book and for the understanding of the reader?

10. What does Shipler explain about the Middle Easterners and what they have felt they need to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Arab stereotype includes the idea that they are just violent brutes who are also cowardly.

Part 1: Why do you think Arabs have gained the stereotypes that they have?

Part 2: Do you agree with this stereotype of the Arabs and how you perceive this group of people? Why or why not?

Part 3: What might be a better way to describe the Arab people which might be more realistic?

Essay Topic 2

When you first read the title of this book, you were probably hit with a few images of each of these groups, whether accurate or not.

Part 1: Why do you think Arabs are perceived the way that they are?

Part 2: Why do you think Jews are perceived the way that they are?

Part 3: Why do you think you have certain images which come up in your mind when you hear the group names?

Essay Topic 3

Intermarriage is something that is abhorred in the midst of the tension between the Arabs and the Jews.

Part 1: Why do you think intermarriage is prohibited in the minds of the people in society?

Part 2: What might some of the benefits of intermarriage be to the tensions between the groups of people?

Part 3: Do you think that intermarriage is a bad thing? Why or why not?

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