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. There is a profound resentment that Arab youth are exempt from ____________, which gives them an advantage in the job market.

2. _________ work is frequently found in juvenile literature for Jews, reinforcing stereotypes.

3. Shipler describes life in the Dheisheh __________ on the occupied West Bank where every aspect of life instills militancy in youth.

4. A 1984 commuter bus hijacking occurred, but the Israeli military censors imposed a complete _____________.

5. Westernized _________ tend to be the most susceptible to political radicalism.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do some scholars with whom Shipler speaks say in regards to most Muslims' understanding of their own book?

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

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

7. Why does the 12-year-old Palestinian in Jabalya have no past and no future, according to Shipler?

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

9. After 45 days of imprisonment and torture, what did the young Palestinian swore he had done during that time?

10. What did politicians do when a journalist documents forced expulsions from many parts of the country?

Essay 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

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 3

What's perhaps most compelling about the divide between the Arabs and the Jews is its long, complex history.

Part 1: Why do you think the chasm between the Arabs and the Jews has lasted so long?

Part 2: How can someone stop a belief system which has been in place for centuries? Can they?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to change thinking which has been indoctrinated into a culture?

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