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 news does Pappas return to Antioch with?

2. What is the commander's response to the pleading of the sages?

3. Who does Elisha find out he has been betrothed to?

4. Who arranges that Elisha be released from jail?

5. Who does Elisha know that dies of the plague?

Short Essay Questions

1. What secret does Elisha tell Beruriah, and why?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Simeon ben Azzai die?

7. Elisha sees a young boy climbing a tree for bird eggs. What happens to the little boy and how does it affect Elisha?

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

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

10. What is the job of the Sanhedrin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the contrast between the decision of the people of Bethar and the decision of Elisha when faced with Roman persecution. Why did the people of Bethar choose to commit mass suicide? Who made the wiser choice, the people of Bethar or Elisha? Define wisdom according to the principles of Elisha and the town of Bethar.

Essay Topic 2

Prejudice is a dangerous problem throughout As a Driven Leaf. Why do the Roman soldiers tease the boys, Pappas and Elisha, about being Jews? Were the Roman soldiers' behaviors unfair or fair? More importantly, are prejudices built into culture, or do they change with every generation? Discuss at least two accounts of prejudice described in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

The Jews as a community are facing persecution by the Romans but also must deal with divisions within their own community. Is it important for the Jewish members to speak and act as one, or should multiple voices and opinions be heard? Should the Sanhedrin operate by unanimous decision or by majority rule? Can every voice be heard equally?

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