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

David K. Shipler
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long is the encounter for the teens who stay together at Neve Shalom?

2. The small fires which are lit help to ________ and to delimit the vast expanses of land.

3. All teachers and government workers are required to receive clearance from the ____________, though mostly Arabs are regularly investigated.

4. Small __________ grants were what kept Neve Shalom in business over the years.

5. Some ____________ oppose any vote for Israeli-Arabs since they are exempt from military service.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Shipler himself questions how his feelings about Arabs might have changed if he were directly involved in an act of violence.

Part 1: Do you think being personally affected by violence would make you hate a certain group of people? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think revenge is ever a good motivator in times of war?

Part 3: Why do you think Shipler considers the idea of revenge as a motivator for him to hate the Arabs? Do you think he might harbor some hesitation?

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