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 Elisha and his friends are at the home of Simeon ben Azzai, what happens to their host?

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

3. To which court does the the merchant take his case, after he leaves the Jewish court?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Simeon ben Azzai die?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Elisha moves to Antioch, his whole lifestyle completely changes. How does Elisha handle his new life? Should he be more accepting or reserved concerning the Greek lifestyle he is being quickly caught up in? Contrast the community of Antioch with the Jewish community of Elisha's youth.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 10, Elisha's life seems to be improving. He has success and good friends and financial security. However, is Elisha truly happy? What would make Elisha happier? Does happiness lie in material possessions, or in something else? Cite three examples to support a workable definition of happiness that applies to the themes of As a Driven Leaf.

Essay Topic 3

During Elisha's circumcision, Abuyah, Elisha's father, acts rudely toward the Jewish faith and custom. The congregation is incensed and two rabbis discuss whether or not Elisha will be affected by his father's actions. Does every soul create its own destiny like Rabbi Joshua believes? Or, is the other Rabbi who says Abuyah's actions will have an effect on Elisha, closer to the truth? What about the conclusion of the novel? Does Elisha's life seem to have been affected by his father's beliefs?

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