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, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The newborn state of __________ in 1948 pledged to uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens.

2. Camel caravans used to take 18 days to reach Cairo, so they would only occur __________ times a year.

3. In May of 2001, Shipler asks students who they think the victims are in the conflicts. What do they all answer?

4. What is the name of the Palestinian girl who found connections with a group of Jewish girls, only to disconnect from them after the sieges of Ramallah?

5. Under Muslim control, Jews adapted their _____________ to fit local conditions.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Proclamation of Independence call on Arabs to do?

2. What do children's texts and street jokes seem to depict the Jew as?

3. What are some of the things which the Israelis have done for the Sinai Bedouin?

4. Who did Shipler visit each time he went to Israel in 1993 and in 2001?

5. Why does Tala reject the idea of meeting again with Jewish teens?

6. Why do the Bedouin light a small fire as soon as they stop in a given place?

7. Why are there no statistics on the intermarriages between Arabs and Jews?

8. What does Shipler find a striking similarity between when this chapter begins?

9. What did the government pour millions of dollars into, thought they would not support Neve Shalom?

10. What happens when Arabs and Jews are paired up and given large sheets of paper on which to paint?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Those who do not live in the Middle East may not know what truly happens in the area unless the media shows them a picture or tells a story.

Part 1: Do you believe that all media sources can be trusted to have an unbiased view of the Middle East? Why or why not?

Part 2: How might someone find an unbiased viewpoint of things which do not go on in their local area?

Part 3: Why do you think some countries enforce blackouts about things which happen in their lands?

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