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 is the result of the three years of instruction Elisha receives from Amram after his father's death?

2. How do the deaths from the plague affect Elisha?

3. Why does Manto say it is impossible for her to marry Elisha?

4. What do Deborah's behavior and actions at the feast make very clear about her character?

5. Why is Elisha ashamed when he watches the spectacle at the local arena where men and lions kill each other?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elisha respond to the death of Beruriah and Meir's children?

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

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

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

5. Which friend of Elisha's is better at processing the Greek literature than the other two? Why?

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

7. What is the job of the Sanhedrin?

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

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

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

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

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 3

After the ex-communication, Akiba randomly meets Elisha on the road. However, Akiba does not speak to Elisha because he is honoring the orders of the ex-communication. Is Akiba's behavior too drastic? Should the bonds of friendship be more important than the bonds of law? Cite three examples from the book when friendship and rules are at odds.

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