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. When Abuyah dies, who burns all the books and documents that are not Jewish?

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

3. Does Abuyah consort with pagan philosophers and read Greek books?

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

5. How does Elisha feel about Meir's marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the two famous sages, Eliezer and Joshua, discuss at Elisha's circumcision ceremony?

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

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

4. Why does Akiba refuse to speak to Elisha when they see each other on the road?

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

6. Why does Elisha decide not to reveal the names of the new rabbis to Rufus?

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

8. Do you think Shraga is right to rebel against the Roman government and fight for his beliefs?

9. What does Nicholaus, Elisha's tutor, look like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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