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. Who does Elisha try to find in the pagan part of Caeserea?

2. What impresses Elisha about the Roman court system?

3. Soon after Elisha's conversation, a rider comes into town with what news?

4. To which court does the the merchant take his case, after he leaves the Jewish court?

5. Who arrives at the Temple Mount to stop the work on the rebuilding of the Temple?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Elisha not happy about his relationship with Manto?

2. Why do the rabbis have to meet in secret in the attic?

3. Why does Demonax refuse to take on Elisha as a student, and what consolation does he offer to Elisha?

4. Why is Elisha fascinated by Akiba when he meets him?

5. How did Meir honor Elisha after Elisha died?

6. Why does Elisha's discussion with Charicles deeply disturb Elisha?

7. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?

8. Why was Elisha and Deborah's marriage pre-arranged by Amram?

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

10. Why do Antiphanes and Elisha attend all the lectures and symposia offered in Antioch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prejudice is a dangerous problem throughout As a Driven Leaf. Why do the Roman soldiers tease the boys, Pappas and Elisha, about being Jews? Were the Roman soldiers' behaviors unfair or fair? More importantly, are prejudices built into culture, or do they change with every generation? Discuss at least two accounts of prejudice described in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think Manto is so casual about picking another human slave? Why is Elisha so disturbed by the process of human trade? Compare Manto's behavior with a similar behavior in American history. Draw conclusions about the nature of subjugating another human being and how this affects the human race.

Essay Topic 3

Within As a Driven Leaf, a lot of promises are made and broken. Choose a side and argue whether or not promises should ever be broken. Cite three examples from the book that deal with promises to back up the argument.

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