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. What happens when Palestine learns of Trajan's edict that the Temple may be rebuilt?

2. Why has Elisha been called to return to Israel?

3. What does Elisha's life revolve around once he begins his studies?

4. Who tells Elisha that there are rebels among the Jews?

5. What news does Pappas return to Antioch with?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the ex-communication of Elisha was read at Sanhedrin, what did Joshua do?

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

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

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

5. How does Elisha respond to the death of Beruriah and Meir's children?

6. How does Elisha handle his new life in Antioch?

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

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

9. What is the job of the Sanhedrin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Deborah does not treat others with much respect. She encourages Elisha to get rid of some servants because they are too old to work. Describe her behavior toward other people. Using Deborah as one example, defend or oppose the argument that respect should be deserved or earned. Cite at least two other examples from the book that draw on different characters to support your argument.

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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