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. Which two friends of Elisha are going insane because of the knowledge they have gained from Greek literature?

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

3. Why is Elisha overcome with discontent when he visits with Meir and Beruriah?

4. What is Elisha's new plan concerning the Jews and Christians who believe differently than the traditional Jewish doctrine?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Elisha and Deborah's marriage pre-arranged by Amram?

2. Why is Manto so casual about buying another human slave?

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

4. What is the job of the Sanhedrin?

5. How does Simeon ben Azzai die?

6. Why do you think Deborah is not comfortable around Meir and his wife Beruriah?

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

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

9. What do you think Abuyah means by his dying words to Elisha?

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

Compare and contrast Shraga and Elisha's characters. In what ways are they similar? How do they react to the Jewish tradition? Make sure to describe their mutual relationship and how this can illustrate their distinct similarities and differences.

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

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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