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. Who arranges that Elisha be released from jail?

2. What are the names of Meir's children?

3. What does Elisha discuss with Justin, the leader of the Gentile Christians?

4. When Pappas finds Elisha alone in the garden, what does he tell him?

5. What happens to Eliezer's proposal concerning the ban against pagan literature?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the job of the Sanhedrin?

5. Why is Elisha fascinated by Akiba when he meets him?

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

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

8. What did Manto make Elisha vow to do, as she lay dying in his arms?

9. Why does Demonax refuse to take on Elisha as a student, and what consolation does he offer to Elisha?

10. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Jewish community is generally mistrustful of the Romans. When Shraga and Elisha are working on the court case for the merchant, what does the merchant decide to do, and why? Why did the merchant's business suffer when he took his case to the Roman court? Describe the relationship between the Jewish community and the individual. What pressures and responsibilities do the Jewish members have to their community?

Essay Topic 2

When Meir and Beruriah's sons die, Elisha thinks about the fragility of life. Elisha looks to Jewish stories and traditions for solace, but he begins to doubt their veracity. Why does Elisha look to the Jewish traditions and literature for comfort? Why does he doubt their potency and truth? Cite three examples of mistrust of faith throughout the novel and explain the tensions characters have between faith and reason.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think Manto is so casual about picking another human slave? Why is Elisha so disturbed by the process of human trade? Compare Manto's behavior with a similar behavior in American history. Draw conclusions about the nature of subjugating another human being and how this affects the human race.

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