As a Driven Leaf Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Milton Steinberg
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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. Where does the plague strike?

2. Where does Elisha suspect the real truth lies?

3. Who is the confusing and angry man Elisha meets at dinner before he meets Simeon ben Azzai and Simeon ben Zoma?

4. Elisha's obsession with truth has caused what to dissolve?

5. When Abuyah dies, who burns all the books and documents that are not Jewish?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Elisha unjustly brought to court for sentencing?

2. Why does Julianus of Tarsus encourage the Jews to fight?

3. What does the delegation of the local Jews want to know about Elisha?

4. Why does one rabbi give the opinion that wisdom cannot be found in pagan literature?

5. Why does Elisha seek out the Christians and Gnostics?

6. Why are Akiba and the two Simeons uncomfortable talking to Elisha about Greek literature?

7. What strikes Elisha as characteristic about the people of Antioch?

8. What did Elisha drop in his Jewish academy class?

9. Why did the merchant's business suffer after taking his case to the Roman courts?

10. In Part One, Chapter VI, what does Uncle Amram teach Elisha about his estate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The grand thematic struggle is between faith and reason and mostly exemplified by Elisha's character. Can faith and reason work together or are they fundamentally different principles? Discuss how Elisha is affected by the struggle between choosing faith and reason. Provide two examples of the conflict between faith and reason found in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Within the various communities of As a Driven Leaf, knowledge seems to be a precious commodity held in high regard. Is it possible that there are universal truths, or is truth subjective to culture? Explain by using three examples that relate to the teachings of the Jewish tradition and the Sanhedrin, as well as the lessons and literature of the Greeks.

Essay Topic 3

Elisha sees a young boy climbing a tree for bird eggs. What happens to the little boy and how does it affect Elisha? Why does Elisha turn to the Jewish tradition for answers and why does it make him even more angry? Should faith account for all the evil and suffering in the world? Can bad things be explained away by faith or reason?

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