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. How does Elisha meet Akiba?

2. Who does Elisha want to seek out to answer his questions?

3. When Elisha begins his studies on Antioch, what does he study first?

4. What do the workers, numbering over 500, want to do after the command to leave?

5. Where does the plague strike?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Simeon ben Azzai die?

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

6. Why did the merchant's business suffer after taking his case to the Roman courts?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The grand thematic struggle is between faith and reason and mostly exemplified by Elisha's character. Can faith and reason work together or are they fundamentally different principles? Discuss how Elisha is affected by the struggle between choosing faith and reason. Provide two examples of the conflict between faith and reason found in the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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