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 type of teaching does Amram follow in his life, and how important is it to him?

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

3. What does Elisha think about his new wife after the week-long festival?

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

5. What does Elisha acknowledge to Meir after receiving the news?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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