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. Whose mother dies soon after childbirth?

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

3. When Elisha returns to his rooms, who wants to know what he is doing?

4. While the seventy sages of the Sanhedrin are in session, who raises the question about whether a man should use Greek books and letters to read and study?

5. What gift does Elisha receive from Pappas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Part One, Chapter VI, what does Uncle Amram teach Elisha about his estate?

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

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

6. How does Shraga treat Elisha when they're working on the merchant's court case together?

7. How does Simeon ben Azzai die?

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

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

10. Why are Akiba and the two Simeons uncomfortable talking to Elisha about Greek literature?

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

When Meir and Beruriah's sons die, Elisha thinks about the fragility of life. Elisha looks to Jewish stories and traditions for solace, but he begins to doubt their veracity. Why does Elisha look to the Jewish traditions and literature for comfort? Why does he doubt their potency and truth? Cite three examples of mistrust of faith throughout the novel and explain the tensions characters have between faith and reason.

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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