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. Which renewed friend provides Elisha with a cover to get the books he needs?

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

3. Why does the Sanhedrin send a delegation to Rome?

4. After sitting as an observer and Joshua's apprentice at Sanhedrin, what happened to Elisha?

5. How does Elisha begins his life as a Rabbi?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Shraga treat Elisha when they're working on the merchant's court case together?

2. Who does Elisha turn to after sharing his thoughts with Deborah, and why?

3. Who eavesdrops on a conversation between Elisha and Meir, and what does she discover?

4. Why does Pappas tell Elisha that he may move with him to Antioch?

5. Why is Manto so casual about buying another human slave?

6. In Part One, Chapter XX, what advice does Nicholaus give to Elisha about Elisha's obsession with Greek literature?

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

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

9. In Part One, Chapter X, does Elisha seem happy? Why?

10. Which friend of Elisha's is better at processing the Greek literature than the other two? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Jewish community is generally mistrustful of the Romans. When Shraga and Elisha are working on the court case for the merchant, what does the merchant decide to do, and why? Why did the merchant's business suffer when he took his case to the Roman court? Describe the relationship between the Jewish community and the individual. What pressures and responsibilities do the Jewish members have to their community?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 10, Elisha's life seems to be improving. He has success and good friends and financial security. However, is Elisha truly happy? What would make Elisha happier? Does happiness lie in material possessions, or in something else? Cite three examples to support a workable definition of happiness that applies to the themes of As a Driven Leaf.

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