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 stands up against the leader of the rebels?

3. What news does Pappas return to Antioch with?

4. On his next journey, when Elisha stops in a small town what does he see?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think Elisha manipulated his friends to study Greek literature for his own purposes?

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

4. Do you think Shraga is right to rebel against the Roman government and fight for his beliefs?

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

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

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

8. How does Elisha handle his new life in Antioch?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

After the ex-communication, Akiba randomly meets Elisha on the road. However, Akiba does not speak to Elisha because he is honoring the orders of the ex-communication. Is Akiba's behavior too drastic? Should the bonds of friendship be more important than the bonds of law? Cite three examples from the book when friendship and rules are at odds.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Pappas's journey through faith. Compare and contrast Pappas's journey with Elisha's journey of faith. How do both characters view the concepts of faith and reason? Why does Pappas make his final decision to die as a Jew rather than betray his faith and community?

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