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 begins his studies on Antioch, what does he study first?

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

3. How does Elisha try to console Deborah after she becomes pregnant twice and loses both babies?

4. Roman officers come to the house of Pappas to deliver what document to Elisha?

5. Where does Uncle Amram take Elisha to begin his training to become a rabbi and sage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the two famous sages, Eliezer and Joshua, discuss at Elisha's circumcision ceremony?

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

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

4. In the Prologue, what do the sages debate over and what do they decide?

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

6. Who eavesdrops on a conversation between Elisha and Meir, and what does she discover?

7. In Part One, Chapter XX, what advice does Nicholaus give to Elisha about Elisha's obsession with Greek literature?

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

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

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

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

Elisha sees a young boy climbing a tree for bird eggs. What happens to the little boy and how does it affect Elisha? Why does Elisha turn to the Jewish tradition for answers and why does it make him even more angry? Should faith account for all the evil and suffering in the world? Can bad things be explained away by faith or reason?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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