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. On his next journey, when Elisha stops in a small town what does he see?

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

3. Who attends lecture and symposia with Elisha?

4. Who tells Elisha Pappas is not good company for him, and that he should not be reading Greek books?

5. Once Elisha surveys the desolation at the Temple Mount, what does he tell Joshua?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Was it wise for Elisha to pursue truth regardless of the consequences?

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

5. In Part One, Chapter V, how did Elisha feel about attending the Sanhedrin for the first time?

6. In the Prologue, what do the sages debate over and what do they decide?

7. What does Elisha tell Meir about faith and reason?

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

9. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?

10. What happened to Elisha after he was forced to watch the rabbis be executed?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

During Elisha's circumcision, Abuyah, Elisha's father, acts rudely toward the Jewish faith and custom. The congregation is incensed and two rabbis discuss whether or not Elisha will be affected by his father's actions. Does every soul create its own destiny like Rabbi Joshua believes? Or, is the other Rabbi who says Abuyah's actions will have an effect on Elisha, closer to the truth? What about the conclusion of the novel? Does Elisha's life seem to have been affected by his father's beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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